First-Year Program

Contact: Barbara J. Lowe, Ph.D., Associate Dean, School of Arts & Sciences
Phone: (585) 385-7385

Beyond the Classroom

Two components of Fisher’s First-Year Program go beyond the classroom to help you learn the core values of the College, how to accept personal responsibility, and how to make healthy decisions related to the college experience.

Great Beginnings Summer Orientation

Great Beginnings is a half-day orientation session for you and your parents in July. The program offers the opportunity to meet with current students, faculty, staff, and freshman advisors.

You will attend sessions to familiarize yourself with the academic program, the first-year program, and other aspects of college life (clubs/activities, living on campus, athletics, scholar programs, etc). There will be plenty of opportunities to have questions answered and to meet with other new students entering in the fall.


Orientation is a three-day program in late August which includes academic, social, and cultural activities. It will help you make a successful transition from high school to college.

As an interactive experience, you'll connect with other freshmen and returning students, learn about resources on campus, and establish a positive transition to a new place.

The Orientation Program will educate you about personal responsibility, present you with scenarios which are typical of the first-year experience, and stress healthy decision-making related to the college experience.

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Students learn about campus life during Great Beginnings

Learning about campus.

Students enjoy lunch during Great Beginnings

Enjoying lunch.

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