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Clark Navigator: The First-Year Experience

The Clark Navigator is the foundation of our First-Year Experience (FYE) program. The Navigator is designed to help you transition into the Clark community, learn more about our liberal arts curriculum, and explore the full array of campus facilities, resources, and opportunities available to you.

As a first year student, you will also sign up for a First-Year Intensive (FYI) course. Your FYI professor will become your pre-major adviser — until you declare your major.

Clark Navigator: Your First Semester

In the Navigator, you will join your peers to:

  • Meet weekly with your Navigator group, sustaining connections with your peers beyond Orientation and throughout the fall semester. These meetings aim to help you and other first-year students maintain a sense of community, build resilience and self-advocacy, and help you make informed decisions.
  • Receive guidance from a peer mentor, an upper-class student dedicated to steering you through the first semester.
  • Choose from a menu of academic, co-curricular, community, and social activities.

Help you to:

  • Build community with your fellow first-year students and a peer mentor.
  • Become oriented to the academic and co-curricular resources available at Clark and the Worcester community in order to engage in academic, social, and personal development.
  • Share resources and experiences with peers about opportunities for engagement and support on campus.
  • Find resources, events, or groups that help you find your sense of place at Clark.
  • Identify skills and strategies to transition to and be successful at college, academically and socially.
  • Adjusting to college life
  • Connecting with campus resources
  • Networking with faculty and staff
  • Community engagement
  • Professional and academic exploration
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion at Clark
  • Self-care and wellness
  • Study skills and time management

Academic Advising: Ready, Get Set, Go!

During May, June, and July, you will begin planning your academic journey at Clark. In all three phases of advising — during the summer before you start at Clark, throughout your first year, and all the way up to graduation — your advisers will help you plan every step of your education.

Three Phases of Academic Advising:

Make your first semester everything you want it to be; start preparing now for your academic life at Clark by completing these important tasks during May, June and July:

  1. Submit your writing sample. This is a requirement for all first-year students, even if you have AP or college credit. The due date for the writing sample is June 4, 2021, but you should do it as soon as possible.
  2. Complete the online Summer Advising and Registration Tutorial, which will introduce you to Clark’s course requirements. At the end of the tutorial, you will be prompted to schedule an advising appointment with your summer adviser.
  3. In preparation for these advising conversations, it is important that you complete the Academic Adviser Information Form. It is due on June 30, 2021. Your summer adviser will also review your high school transcripts, application essays, and other admissions materials to help you make course selections and plan for the future.
  4. In preparation for your summer advising appointment, you should read about Clark’s undergraduate curriculum. Next, review the Fall Semester Course Offerings (to become available later this spring) and start to think about which courses interest you. For advice about balancing your courses as you meet Clark’s requirements, check out the the Academic Advising Handbook (available on the Academic Advising Resources page). Consider making a list of questions for your advising appointment.
  5. Your summer advising appointment will consist of a phone call or Web chat between June 14 and July 23, 2021. You’ll also be able to contact your summer adviser by email. Summer advisers are faculty and advising fellows specially trained to help you choose your first-semester courses and plan your academic program. The advising fellows are recent Clark undergraduate degree recipients who are entering the Accelerated Degree Program to pursue master’s degrees at Clark.
  6. Your summer adviser will give you permission to register for fall courses. Course Registration information will be available on the Registrar’s Office website and on ClarkYOU/CUWeb (Clark log-in needed).

Once you are on campus as a first-year student, the professor in your First-Year Intensive (FYI) course will become your pre-major adviser. This adviser will counsel you on your academic choices at Clark and will work with you for several semesters, until you declare a major (by the end of your sophomore year).

  • If you are uncertain about which major you should select — and don’t worry, approximately a quarter of the incoming class is undecided when they enter Clark — your pre-major adviser will help you make that decision over the next few semesters.
  • If you already know your future major, you do NOT need to pick a First-Year Intensive course based only on your intended area of academic study. All First-Year Intensive faculty are trained as pre-major advisers and can assist you with academic program planning. If necessary, your adviser will refer you to departmental experts for assistance in preparing for your intended major.
  • You will also meet your peer adviser, an experienced undergraduate who will help with your transition to college life.

You will be assigned to a major adviser when you declare a major, which will occur after your first semester and before the end of your sophomore year. For additional information about selecting and declaring a major, see the Academic Advising Handbook (available on the Academic Advising Resources page).

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