FYI: First Year Introduction

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Congratulations on your acceptance to Wheelock College!

Now it's time to submit your deposit and register for Wheelock's FYI (First Year Introduction) program. FYI is a mandatory, two-day orientation session that includes an overnight stay for students. The first day is an all-day session and the second is a half-day. Students receive an FYI Registration link from Admissions once they submit their deposit.

Requesting Accommodations

If you are a student and require disability-related accommodations to participate in FYI (programming, writing sample, math placement or residence hall), please contact Jennifer Pike, Director of Access and Disability Resources at or 617-879-2030.

If you have a family member who requires disability-related accommodations to participate in the family program, please contact Bryan McGrath or Elizabeth Vassallo.

FYI 2017 is Friday, June 23 - Saturday, June 24

The first step to a successful college career is attendance and active participation in our First Year Introduction (FYI) events. This is a collaborative two-day program between the Offices of Student Success and Student Life that provides incoming first year students with a comprehensive academic and social experience that will help you prepare for your college career.

This overnight program includes opportunities for you to meet fellow classmates, receive an introduction to the curriculum, receive academic advisement, and register for Fall courses. You will also complete a required English live writing sample and have an opportunity to learn from faculty and staff about expectations of being a college student. Finally, the Office of Student Leadership will facilitate a variety of activities where students will get to know their classmates and the City of Boston. All incoming first-year students must attend FYI.

Parents and guardians are encouraged to attend the FYI Parent Program held on the first day of the session. The overnight and second-day events are for students only. Family members will not be able to attend their student's advising appointments or registration, but various programs will be facilitated for parents by faculty and staff to help them become more acquainted with Wheelock's departments and policies. Please note that the parent program and student program are held in separate campus locations.

FYI 2017 Schedule

We have finalized the schedule for FYI! Click the links below to download the programs and see what's in store for you and your family throughout the event.

FYI Student Program (pdf)

FYI Family Program (pdf)

The Wheelock Way: First Year Resources

Check out these downloadable info sheets about key departments and courses:

Academic Support Composition (ENG)
- Welcome letter
- Info sheet
Access and Disability Resources First Year Seminar (FYS)
- Welcome letter
- Info sheet
Advising Human Growth & Development (HGD)
- Welcome letter
- Info sheet
Counseling Mathematics (MAT)
- Welcome letter
- Info sheet
Field Education
Student Life


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Must I attend FYI?
    Both days of the FYI Session are mandatory and students will have great difficulty beginning their fall semester without participating in the program. FYI consists of everything that you need to successfully transition academically and socially into Wheelock College, such as course registration, field placement selection, ID photo, placement tests, distribution of the summer book, and the opportunity to start forming connections with classmates, among other activities. Those who do not participate in FYI will not be able to take care of any business until FYI is over. This means you will be assigned to a field placement, registered for courses, and placed in a First-Year Seminar depending on whatever spaces are left. We cannot stress enough the importance of student attendance during FYI Sessions.
  2. Are parents/family members required to participate in FYI?
    Please know that parents and/or family members are strongly encouraged to attend the family portion of FYI that is held on the first day of the session. Family members will not be able to attend a student's advising appointments or course registration or field placement programs. However, we have a full day of specific programs facilitated by faculty and staff that will help families become acquainted with Wheelock's culture, departments, policies, and support systems. At the end of the day, you will be able to reconnect with your student during dinner before you head home. On the second day, parents and family members are invited to a lunch reception before they leave campus with their student.
  3. Will I have a roommate?
    Yes, each student will be assigned a roommate for the overnight session.
  4. Will I have to share a bathroom with someone else?
    Yes, every student will have to share a bathroom with three or more students.
  5. What should I bring to FYI?
    FYI is an overnight program, so please plan accordingly. Also keep the weather forecast in mind when packing for your Wheelock stay. You will be randomly assigned a roommate for your one night in a randomly assigned room in Peabody Residence Hall (This will not be your permanent residence for the year). Even those of you who plan to be commuter students will have a room assignment. Here are our recommendations as to what you should bring to your FYI session:
    • 1 government-issued photo ID is REQUIRED (state license, passport state ID, etc.)
    • Social Security card (or, at least know your number)
    • List of addresses from the past seven years, with corresponding dates
    • Notebook and pen/pencil
    • Comfortable clothes and shoes (FYI is a casual affair!)
    • Pillow
    • Sheets, blankets, or a comforter
    • Sleepwear
    • Alarm clock
    • Sunscreen (portions of FYI will be outdoors depending on the weather)
    • Toothbrush and toothpaste
    • Bath towel
    • Flip-flops and toiletries for shower
  6. What if I am a commuter student?
    We strongly encourage all students to stay on campus, even if you do not plan on being a resident in the Fall.
  7. What if I cannot attend FYI?
    FYI sessions provide crucial academic information for new students. Please contact the Office of Student Life at 617-879-2108 immediately should you have a conflict with attending FYI.


Helpful Links to other pages on the Wheelock Website

Academic Calendar
Entrance Health Requirements and Forms
Student Accounts
Undergraduate Housing Options

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