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Welcome to our newest Golden Knights!

Everyone says it’s all about the first year, but what does that mean? At The College of Saint Rose, it means making the most of your college experience – both in and out of the classroom. We’ve developed a First Year Experience (FYE) comprised of a diverse and engaging spectrum of academic and co-curricular programs, activities and outreach to build a foundation for your success. FYE is a part of The Saint Rose Circle of Success, wherein all new students are assigned a team of individuals comprised of a Faculty Advisor, Academic Counselor, Financial Aid Advisor, Campus Coach or FLIGHT Guide, and Resident or Commuter Assistant. I encourage you to learn more about the role that each individual serves by clicking The Saint Rose Circle of Success.

FYE begins with Student Transition, Advising and Registration (STAR) Day, which introduces you to have the academic expectations and campus engagement opportunities at Saint Rose. As a new student, this is an exciting time filled with nervous anticipation. We encourage you to have an open mind, embrace opportunities to meet new friends, try something new and always ask questions. And remember, STAR isn’t just “registering” for campus. It’s a platform to jump-start a rich and rewarding college career at The College of Saint Rose.

Our goal is to provide a seamless transition from STAR Day to your first day of classes. As such, we offer a customized experiences for resident, commuter and transfer students. Please not that Comprehensive Orientation takes place prior to start of fall semester and all new students are expected to participate. Comprehensive Orientation is a two-day program that focuses on your academic and social transition to the campus community. If you’d like to come to campus earlier than Comprehensive Orientation, you should consider participating in the very popular Pathways Program, which is an optional early arrival experience for new students. Throughout your transition, a team of professionals will provide support, resources and encouragement to help you settle into your first semester. As each day passes, you’ll build momentum towards achieving your academic goals, following your passion and graduating from Saint Rose. Know that we’ll be right there with you, every step of the way!

When you take full advantage of your Saint Rose First Year Experience, you will:

  • Gain confidence and competence as a college-level student;
  • make positive connections with faculty, administrators, staff and peers;
  • engage in behaviors and make decisions that promote personal health and well-being;
  • develop an awareness of the impact of your personal choices; and
  • develop a connection to the The College of Saint Rose and an understanding of your place in its vibrant community.

Here’s to an amazing journey ahead. Savor every moment along the way!

Darcey Kemp
Assistant Vice President for Student Success and Engagement