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Welcome to the Office of Freshman Studies

Making the jump from High School to College is a daunting experience but the St. Francis College Office of Freshman Studies is here to make that transition as smooth as possible. It's our mission to improve the quality of students' College experience by helping with everything from academics to personal issues, including guiding incoming students through the crucial social adjustment they will make during college life.

The department provides advisement and guidance to all incoming freshmen. The Freshman Studies program includes a Freshman Summer Orientation, a mandatory Freshman Seminar course (SFC 1001), academic advisement, and various workshops. Working closely with the Academic Enhancement Center, the Office of Freshman Studies strives to meet the changing needs of incoming freshmen.

Learn more about key elements of the Freshman Studies Program by clicking on the tabs below.

Also, find out about Freshman & Parent Orientation as well as our Outreach and Workshops.

Freshman Seminar (SFC 1001)

Freshman Seminar (SFC 1001)

SFC 1001 is a life lessons course designed for your first semester at St. Francis. This one credit mandatory course is offered on a pass/fail basis and teaches the basic but important practical tools you need to be successful during your academic career. Our Freshman Advisors guide the course to help you develop academic and study skills, and to teach you how to organize a successful academic plan as you work toward your bachelor's degree. SFC 1001 also supplies information on campus resources, assists in laying the groundwork for choosing your major and planning your career, eases the transition from high school to college, and generally helps you build a connection to the College, the campus and your fellow students.

The Freshman Seminar course covers the following topics:

  • Study Skills (note-taking, test-taking, textbook reading, memory, etc.)
  • Career Exploration
  • Time Management
  • Academic Planning (including choosing a major)
  • Goal-Setting
  • Opportunities Available at St. Francis
  • Communication Skills
  • Stress & Anxiety

Academic Advisement

Academic Advisement

The Freshman Seminar instructor serves as the student's academic advisor during his/her freshman year. We feel this interaction with an advisor is so important for educational planning that all first-year students are required to meet regularly with their advisors to discuss their academic progress. During pre-registration periods in the Fall and Spring semesters, we help freshmen plan their courses for the next semester. Since each particular major has specific course requirements for a degree, the expertise of our advisors is crucial to plan these first steps into academic life. Our academic advisors are always committed to giving students the personal attention they deserve, and strive to help the students design an academic program that suits their interests and needs.

If you are a current student and wish to make an appointment with an advisor in Freshman Studies, please visit:  advisortrac.sfc.edu

Freshman Year at a Glance

April - June
Student Placement Testing and Parent Orientation

July - August
Day Long Student Orientations and Registrations

Fall Semester Begin Including Freshman Seminar Course (SFC 1001)

Midterm Examinations
Advisement for Spring Semester Begins

Final Examinations
End Fall Semester / Christmas Break

Contact Information

Monica Michalski
Asst. Dean Freshman Studies & Academic Enhancement
Room 3001
Samantha Scott
Administrative Assistant to Assistant Dean
Room 3001
Christine Jahier
Assistant Director of Academic Advisement
Room 3001
Meagan Grieger
Academic Advisor/Student Athletic Advisor
Room 3001
Steven Brandow
Student Success Coordinator
Room 3001
Jenny Frimpong
Academic Advisor/ROS Program Coordinator
Room 3001
Victoria Ford
Academic Advisor/Instructor
Room 3001
Claudia Goncalves
Academic Advisor/Instructor
Room 3001
Nick Sulicki
Academic Advisor/Instructor


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