Freshman Experience Programs

SUNY Adirondack advisors will carefully assess each applicant’s academic achievement, test scores, and/or counselor recommendations and place each student in one of the following required Freshman Experience Programs:

Developmental Studies

Developmental Studies (HRD 100A) is aimed at helping new full-time students acquire skills in reading, writing, and math, which will better equip them to handle college-level material. This program is designed to meet the needs of a group of high school graduates or GED recipients who have not achieved the skill level necessary to succeed in college-level course work.

Developmental Studies is an intensive, one-semester program which offers both credit and non-credit classroom instruction and one-to-one tutoring in reading, writing, and math. Although all course work will not count as credit toward graduation, students may be eligible for financial aid. Upon successful completion of the Developmental Studies Program, students will be placed in the College Survival Program or a regular academic program.

College Survival

College Survival (HRD 100) is a credit-bearing program for students who enroll full time, but whose academic background is weak, making it difficult to succeed in college. The program is based on the belief that most people, with a supportive program, can learn to become successful students.

HRD 100 attempts to build confidence and academic skills by helping students face the rigorous challenges demanded by college-level study. The class focuses on the development of effective study skills, critical and analytical reading and writing, time management, and realistic goals and attitudes toward college study.

The College Survival Program has enabled many students to succeed in college who, without the program, may not have continued their education.

Freshman Seminar

Freshman Seminar (HRD 110) is a required course for all first-time students who are not in College Survival or Developmental Studies. This one-credit course is part of a concerted effort by SUNY Adirondack to help students transition to the college community.

Among the topics addressed are:

  • An introduction to the College’s procedures, resources and services
  • Development or improvement of the student’s academic skills
  • Development of an awareness to career and life goals
  • Academic programs including course, major, and graduation requirements
  • Health-related and social issues

The active and participatory nature of Freshman Seminar seeks to establish a relationship between the student and faculty mentor, as well as among other students in the seminar. The College feels these relationships are vital for student success.

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