Welcome to First Year Programs

Valdosta State University has offered support for first year students for over 15 years. First year programs are considered high-impact practices that help students adjust to college life, ease the transition from high school to college, and offer ongoing support for students through their 30th earned credit hour. First Year Programs currently falls under the department of Centralized Advising and includes three different programs: First-Year Learning Communities (FLCs), Summer Bridge Academy (SBA), and the Summer Ignite Program. 


We are excited to offer 30 FLCs for our 2015-2016 students! Before completing your Orientation registration, take a look at all of the FLC schedules and select your preference through the Orientation registration portal.

First Year Learning Communities (FLCs) provide an opportunity for students to begin their college experience with other students who share similar interests and career objectives. FLCs consist of small groups of 22-25 first-semester college students taking two to three linked courses as a group. Each learning community is designed to ease the transition from high school to college by allowing first-year students to acquire educational and social skills crucial to their long-term academic success, through an integrated learning environment. VSU has three types of FLCs:

  1. Major based
  2. Theme based
  3. Residential

For more information on the FLC program, visit the First Year Learning Communities page.


The Summer Bridge Academy (SBA) is an invitation-only program designed for a select group of students who with to attend VSU but did not meet the requirements for regular admission. Over a 7-week semester, students will take an 8-hour group of classes designed to prepare them for educational success at VSU. The SBA program will help students meet the necessary requirements to become a regular students at VSU for the sequential Fall term. 

For more information, visit the Summer Bridge Academy page. 


IGNITE is a 7-week summer program designed for first-year students who want to get a jump start on their college education. This year there are two summer IGNITE cohorts targeting students who are interested Leadership (Ignite Leadership) and Business (Ignite Business). Students enrolled in the Ignite program will take 2-3 courses together over the summer as a group of 25 students. Courses in the Ignite Leadership group count towards the student's Core academic requirements and focus on building leadership skills on campus, individually, and in the community. Courses in the Ignite Business group allow the students to complete requirements needed through the Core curriculum as well as the College of Business to prepare them for their major curriculum. 

Fore more information, visit the Summer IGNITE Program page. 

If you have any additional questions, please contact Ashley M. Cooper, Coordinator of First Year Programs.