First Year Experience

The Office of the First Year Experience partners with others in our mission to create an academic culture of radical hospitality, a culture that welcomes newcomers and helps them make our house their home. We support students who are transitioning into our community and our learning culture in three ways: the First-Year Learning Community, First-Year Seminars, and the First-Year Core and Advising.

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First-Year Learning Community

We invite incoming students to find their own sense of place and belonging in the Regis community with a range of programming throughout their first year. In collaboration with Admissions and Student Affairs, we offer a varied and cohesive range of programming for students from the summer before they arrive at Regis until they successfully transition to their second year.

first-year students work in their seminar groups

First-Year Seminars

Incoming students take a fall writing-intensive seminar and a spring communication-intensive seminar. These offer a strong foundation in what we call eloquentia perfecta, or academic excellence in writing and speaking for the greater good. You will be part of the same small group of students for both your fall and spring Foundational Core seminars, learning together, supporting one another over the course of the year, exploring yourself and the world in community.

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First-Year Core and Advising

To assist you in this process, your fall writing seminar professor will also serve as your first-year faculty advisor. They can help you to reflect on your transition to college so that you can make decisions about our liberal arts and sciences core curriculum (the Distributive Core) and about the many resources available to support you as a student. That guidance in what you do at Regis, directed by our Jesuit values, helps you discern who you want to become.

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Meet the FYE Team

Jason Taylor
Jason Taylor

Director of First Year Experience, Professor

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Alison  Castel
Alison Castel

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Communication Studies

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Sarah  Puett
Sarah Puett

Assistant Professor of Rhetoric-Composition

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Martin Doppelt
Martin Doppelt

Academic Program Coordinator, First Year Experience

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Office of First Year Experience

Loyola Hall, Suite 1C

8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.