At Seton Hall, we want you to feel like a member of our community before you even set foot on campus. We're dedicated to making your transition from high school to college smooth. And that's why our faculty, administrators and student leaders provide personal, one-on-one attention and support, as you learn the skills you'll need to excel on campus -- and in life. As a first-year student, you get additional attention through our multifaceted, award-winning Freshman Studies Program, where you have a direct line to a faculty member who serves as your academic adviser/mentor and a peer adviser (PA), a current student leader on campus who can help you get involved in all the University has to offer.
Seriously, I Get a Free Laptop?
You're connected to these people as soon as you decide Seton Hall is the right college for you: We arm you with state-of-the-art technology and our Freshman Studies online community. Whether you're e-mailing back and forth with your PA or mentor, completing a career assessment activity, or reviewing your Fall Semester courses, you're part of the SHU family immediately. And we make this connection even easier by providing you your own laptop computer during Pirate Adventure (our New Student Orientation Program).
Feel at Home at the Hall
The advantage of having a faculty mentor and PA is that there are two people on campus who know you're more than a number in a classroom, a name on a course roster, a face in the crowd. As a student, you can use your faculty mentor to find out what interests you. Your PA will help you get situated on campus. College is the time to explore your likes and dislikes in and beyond the classroom.
How to Get Ahead in the Classroom
Our faculty mentors are committed to helping you find your academic major and to prepare you to be wildly successful. They'll show you how course selection, internships and extracurricular activities can relate to your academic major so your college experience gives you the edge you need to succeed. Our students truly excel in the classroom -- during the 2005-06 academic year, 40 first-year students boasted a 4.0 GPA. Your PA can help you learn the "ins and outs" of the Seton Hall experience: what professors you'll really enjoy and who'll challenge you the most, the best places to hang out, and valuable tips and guidance related to academics and the social scene.
Freshman Studies Isn't about Studying Freshmen
You'll also join your fellow freshmen in the University Life Course during your first semester. The cornerstone of our award-winning program, this 1-credit course is team-taught by your faculty mentor and PA. Each week, you'll meet with your peers to talk about how you're adjusting to college life. The course fosters free-flowing dialogue -- you'll talk about living in the residence halls, sharpening your study skills, finding out about internship and study abroad opportunities, learning to manage your time as you balance the demands of college coursework and a lively social life, taking advantage of community service and service learning opportunities, eating right in the dining room, and more.
Before you know it, you'll feel like a true member of the Seton Hall family because of the relationships you've forged and all you've learned about the University in just one semester. But don't fret: Your faculty mentor, PA and fellow classmates are a support network you can count on to be there for you as you continue your Seton Hall journey.
Put Our 150-Year Heritage to Work for You
More than 150 years ago, Bishop James Roosevelt Bayley, envisioned a home for the mind, the heart and spirit of all students -- a place dedicated to learning, service and leadership. Seton Hall's faith and spiritual commitments inspire us to educate students to become servant leaders in their personal and professional lives, in their community and in the global society. This commitment begins before you even step onto our suburban 58-acre campus.