First-Year Aggie Connections

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First-Year Aggie Connections (FYAC) groups first-year students (freshmen and transfers, including international students) into “Connections” consisting of around 25 based on a shared purpose, interest, or theme. Connections meet regularly for one academic quarter and are led by staff or faculty facilitators who engage students in discussions surrounding crucial topics related to transitioning to life at UC Davis.

In addition to forming bonds in the classroom, students who join a Connection will have the opportunity to get to know other first-years in their Connection outside of the classroom. FYAC peer mentors, undergraduate students who are each assigned to one Connection, provide mentoring as well plan campus engagement activities for their first-year mentees.

Program goals:

  • Engage students around a common purpose or theme
  • Connect students with people and campus resources
  • Help students explore career and academic interests
  • Introduce students to campus culture and traditions
  • Aid students in building social connections

Each First-Year Aggie Connection discusses the following transitional topics:

  • Transitioning and understanding campus culture
  • Advising resources
  • Health and wellness
  • Majors and careers
  • Principles of Community
  • Academic success skills
  • Student Code of Conduct
  • Campus engagement

For more information about First-Year Aggie Connections, email aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu.

A group of 2016-17 FYAC peer mentors

A group of 2016-17 FYAC peer mentors