First-Year Experience

Welcome to the Gwynedd Mercy University community!

The transition from high school to college can be both exciting and unfamiliar. As an incoming freshman, you’ll be enrolled in the First-Year Experience (FYE) program, which will teach you about the academic expectations of college, campus life and service to the community. 

As a participant of the FYE program, you’ll be enrolled in two courses, read and participate in discussions about a novel, and complete an online alcohol education course.

First- Year Experience courses

FYE1000 Taken during the fall semester of your freshman year, this course will help you learn how to adjust to the academic expectations of college, as you and your classmates discuss topics such as academic integrity, time management and communication skills. You’ll also spend time learning research skills and information literacy. Your first class of FYE1000 will take place during orientation.

FYE1001 is taken during the spring semester of freshman year. You’ll learn about GMercyU’s Mercy heritage and the importance of social responsibility. We believe Mercy values are gained through service activities in places like community food pantries and assisted living facilities. To connect your classroom learning with our community, you’ll take part in service-learning projects. 

More on the First-Year Experience

Common Reading Program

Each year, the Library Committee at GMercyU selects a book that all members of the University community are encouraged to read. As a first-year student, you’ll receive a copy of the book at no charge. Please be sure to read this year’s choice before the start of the fall semester. 


As part of our alcohol prevention program, you’ll need to complete AlcoholEdu for College, an online, non-opinionated, science-based course taken by students across the country each year. Whether you drink or not, AlcoholEdu will empower you to make well-informed decisions and better cope with the drinking behavior of your peers. Information about AlcoholEdu will be sent to your home in early July.

Frequently Asked Questions

Have questions about registering for classes? Not sure where to get your parking permit? Want to know more about Move-In Day or orientation? Check out our page dedicated to information for accepted undergraduate students.

Want to know more about the FYE program? Contact Meredith Hoch-Oescher at 267-448-1449 or