First-Year Experience

The first year away from home can be full of new experiences that may generate many questions.  What will college be like? Will I meet new friends? Will I like my classes? Will I miss my home?  You are not alone! Many new students have these questions as they head off to college.  At Barry University, we want to ensure that all your uncertainties are transformed into confidence as you become an active participant within the University and the community. During your first year at Barry, we have put together programs to help with your transition to college life.

Before beginning classes, all new students will attend New Student Orientation. This first-year program was designed to introduce you to life at Barry. You will get acquainted with the University and your fellow peers through information sessions, academic workshops, social festivities, and more.

Next is the New Student Investiture, the official welcoming ceremony for new students. President Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD will welcome you to the Barry community and present to you a pin that represents your commitment to the University as well as our commitment to your success.

As school starts, we strongly encourage that you enroll in the First-Year Experience Seminar course as part of your first-semester curriculum. The purpose of the course is to assist you in adjusting to college life while learning skills essential for academic and personal success.

Another way we help you take your education further is providing the Common Reader experience, in which all first-year students read the same book in the summer. When students read a common text, a shared learning experience is possible.  Students will come to fall classes able to open discussion about their reactions and perspectives toward the book. The Common Reader leads to a one-day conference featuring presentations, film screenings, and a special visit by the book’s author.

If you are a business or pre-nursing student, we invite you to join a Learning Community. Belong to a community of peers with similar professional interests beginning the first day you arrive on campus. This opportunity will enhance your education experience and expand your knowledge and professional skills within your degree program.