First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience (FYX) at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University is a partnership between Academic Affairs and Student Development aimed at providing comprehensive programming and support to students during their first year on campus. FYX is not merely a program or set of programs, but an environment that encompasses all the students’ experiences and relationships with the institutions from the time of their deposit until they return for their sophomore year.

The First Year Experience aims to help students:

  • Understand the Goals of a Liberal Arts and Sciences Education
  • Develop a Meaningful Life Purpose
  • Prioritize Personal Well-being
  • Focus on Academic and Professional Skill Development
  • Explore and Expand Intercultural Agility
  • Learn more about Gender Identity

FYX Learning Outcomes

Developed with the support of the Foundations of Excellence (FoE) of the John N. Gardner Institute for Excellence in Undergraduate Education (JNGI), FYX contributes to the SD2020 Liberal Arts for Life goal of meeting “the needs and aspirations and exceed the expectations of a 21st century student body.”