First-Year Experience

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About the First-Year Experience Program

The First-Year Experience (FYE) is all about creating opportunities for you, the first-year student, to feel connected to Hamilton from the moment you arrive on campus. We hope you will learn about different aspects of the College, and have a lot of fun while doing it. A number of FYE core sessions are being planned by the FYE leaders on topics such as wellness, the honor code, diversity and difference, sexual assault and alcohol, and time management. In addition, we encourage you to take advantage of all the amazing events on campus by attending those, too.

Plus, the more events you attend, the better you (and your FYE group) will do in the FYE Competition! Here is how it works:

  • All first-year students are divided into an FYE group, led by a resident advisor or FYE leader, based on their first-year residence hall
  • When you attend a core FYE session, you will receive ten "FYE points" (attend with your FYE group to rack up your group total!)
  • You also can earn additional FYE points (in most cases, two FYE points) by attending events that are designated as "FYE eligible" (We'll be adding events to this webpage once the academic year begins.)
  • The three people with the most FYE points by December 1, 2014 will earn individual prizes (stay tuned for more information - but we promise the prizes will be fantastic!)
  • The group with the most number of total points by December 1, 2014 will earn the First-Year Prize: a day trip of their choosing (such as go-karting and shopping at Destiny USA in Syracuse, or skiing/sledding/snowboarding at a local mountain)

Questions about Hamilton's FYE program? Email FYE@hamilton.edu

Welcome from FYE Leaders

We look forward to working with the Class of 2018 to insure that your time at Hamilton is the best it can possibly be. You can find out more about our individual interests on the FYE Leader page. Please contact any of us if you have questions about the program, or about Hamilton in general. We can't wait to show you what an amazing community exists on the Hill!

Left to right: Tessa Chefalo, Bennett Hambrook '17, Eric Lintala '16, Courtney Somerville '16, Denise Meza Reyes '16