FYI: First Year Introduction

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Wheelock's FYI (First Year Introduction) program is a mandatory, two-day orientation session that includes an overnight stay for students. This collaborative two-day program between the Offices of Student Success and Student Life provides incoming first year students with a comprehensive academic and social experience that will help them prepare for their college career. This program includes opportunities to meet fellow classmates, receive an introduction to the curriculum, receive academic advisement, and register for Fall courses. Students 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.

FYI 2017 Resources

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

For those unable to attend FYI, or those who want to review the information presented at the various sessions, we gather the FYI program schedules and the key PowerPoint presentations.

See the 2017 presentations.

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.


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Student Accounts
Undergraduate Housing Options

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