First Year Programs

"The end depends on the beginning."

The Department of First Year Programs would like to welcome and congratulate the incoming Class of 2025! Now that you’re officially “part of the pack,” you may be wondering what’s next. The Class of 2025 New Student Orientation will be a hybrid experience with opportunities to engage with other students on-ground and virtually throughout the summer. We are dedicated to providing you with the very best orientation experience, as we believe “the end depends upon the beginning.” We hope you are enjoying the last few months of high school and look forward to welcoming you to the Marist community very soon!

Our Mission

The Office of First Year Programs & Leadership Development (FYP & LD) is dedicated to assisting first-year students in their transition to Marist by addressing the social, cognitive and emotional challenges they encounter. New students are guided in their intellectual and personal development through campus wide projects such as Orientation and Welcome Week, as well as through a variety of academic and social programs involving small group and one-on-one interactions. FYP & LD works with all class years by offering opportunities for leadership development to all interested undergraduate students by providing skills and experiences essential for lifelong leadership engagement. Mentor relationships are continued with students in subsequent years as they endeavor to succeed academically, become influential leaders, and develop into well-balanced citizens of the Marist and World community.