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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 participate in a First-Year Intensive (FYI) course, Mindfully Navigating Success at Clark and Beyond. Your FYI professor will become your pre-major adviser — until you declare your major.

Clark Navigator: Your First Semester

In the Clark Navigator program, you will join your peers to:

  • Meet weekly with your Navigator group, sustaining connections with your peers beyond Orientation and throughout your first 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!

Begin planning your academic journey at Clark. Your advisers will help you plan every step of your education.

Pre-major advising starts with your First-Year Intensive course

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 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, take heart: Your FYI professor is trained as a pre-major adviser 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.

Major advising begins when you declare a major

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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