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How do you fit into the Gwynedd Mercy University community?Gwynedd Mercy University students

The transition from high school to college can be both exciting and unfamiliar. As a first-year student, you will participate in the First Year Experience (FYE) program.

FYE will help you transition into college and provide you with a strong foundation for success!

What will you learn?

You will learn about campus life and academics, how to serve the surrounding community, and how to make the most of your time at Gwynedd Mercy University.

FYE consists of two courses: FYE 1000 and FYE 1001.

FYE 1000

Academic Success

In order to adjust to the academic expectations of college, in class you will discuss topics like:

• academic integrity

• research skills and information literacy

• time management

• communication skills

Student Development

Becoming familiar with the campus and getting involved is important. FYE will:

• allow you to explore major and career options

• emphasize physical, mental and spiritual wellness

• guide you toward setting goals

• explore group dynamics, conflict management and diversity

Your options for co-curricular involvement include films, lectures, book discussions and cultural events.

**IMPORTANT NOTE: The first class meeting of FYE 1000 will be held during orientation on Friday, August 22, 2014. All students are required to attend.

FYE 1001 Gwynedd Mercy University students doing some gardening

Mercy Heritage

In this service learning course, you will learn about the University's history, rooted in Mercy, and the importance of social responsibility. Mercy values are gained through service activities in a variety of settings, such as soup kitchens, community food pantries, assisted living facilities, and educational services.


Important Information for New Students:

Common Reading Program

Each year, Gwynedd Mercy University selects one book that all members of the University community are encouraged to read.  All first-year students are given a copy of the book and should read it before starting class in the fall.  The book is incorporated into the FYE classes.

Have you received your copy of this year's common reading book, Jacob's Oath? If not, stop by the Campbell Solution Center to get your free copy!


As part of our alcohol prevention program, Gwynedd Mercy University expects each member of the first-year class to complete AlcoholEdu for College – an online, non-opinionated, science-based course taken by hundreds of thousands of students each year. Whether you drink or not, AlcoholEdu will empower you to make well-informed decisions about alcohol and help you better cope with the drinking behavior of your peers.

Information about completing AlcoholEdu will be sent to your home in early July.

General Info for New Students

Do you have questions about registering for classes? Parking? Moving in? Orientation? Click Here!

For more information about the FYE program, contact Meredith Hoch-Oescher, Director, Academic Resource Center 267-448-1449 or .