First-Year Experience: Get Grounded

You need to start college with a solid foundation.

Pfeiffer fosters your smooth transition to college life by engaging you with our community, offering extensive academic support and providing diverse self-development opportunities.

All freshmen enroll in a freshman seminar, a three-credit course (two credits in the fall, one in the spring), taught by committed staff and faculty mentors.

First-Year Experience (FYE) events not only orient you with Pfeiffer, but also challenge you academically and personally. They are designed to introduce you to the right people and the right resources to build your foundation.

New Student Orientation

At Pfeiffer’s overnight orientation during the summer, SOAR (Summer Orientation, Advising and Registration), you get acquainted with the campus, meet new friends, finalize registration, prepare for classes and further explore Pfeiffer.


This community-wide formal event takes place within the first month of the fall semester and serves to officially welcome the freshman class into the Pfeiffer community.


On the last day of class in the spring semester, the entire campus community comes together to celebrate the successful completion of the first year of college life for the freshman class.

Need Extra Help?

Our week-long Pfeiffer Readiness Education Program (P.R.E.P.) helps you start smart at Pfeiffer. You participate in reading and writing classes and make friends through workshops and team-building activities.

Mentorship at Pfeiffer

Freshman year matters. We want yours to shine. That’s why mentorship is an integral part of your freshman experience. You get to navigate campus, bond with other students and connect with both your peer mentor and faculty mentor — all before your first day.

Our mentors help you meet enthusiastic students, faculty and staff members who answer questions, offer guidance and extend encouragement.They teach you how to address practical issues like:

  • How to manage your time.
  • How to study.
  • How to get along with a roommate.
  • How to get involved.
  • How to handle feeling homesick.
  • Create meaningful connections with all aspects of Pfeiffer University.
  • Provide resources to enhance your academic experience and success.
  • Conduct ongoing assessments to ensure your incorporation within the university community.

Academic Advising

As part of the FYE, you work closely with Pfeiffer’s academic advisors to begin the advising process. Here’s how it works for incoming freshmen:

  • Your mentor teaches your first semester Pfeiffer Journey class and serves as your first-year advisor. He or she introduces you to academic resources, helps you consider a major and advises you for spring semester registration.
  • By the middle of the second semester, you meet with your mentor to verify your academic major and to schedule your second year fall semester.
  • Work with your mentor to notify the Office of the Provost of your selected major and begin a relationship with your new academic advisor.
  • Throughout the year, your academic needs — related to major selection and career exploration — are met.

Note: Transfer or readmitted students are assigned directly to a faculty advisor in their declared field of study.

If you need additional help with academic advising terms and procedures, check out this Pre-Registration Guide (PDF).

Guide to Pfeiffer Technology: my.Pfeiffer

Web Portal

The university web portal for students, faculty, advisors and administration is my.Pfeiffer. The portal offers access to the student information system and other campus resources, including your admissions status, financial aid status and billing information. You can also use my.Pfeiffer to register for classes:

To access my.Pfeiffer, you need the username and password found in your admissions letter.

Username: Student ID Number (included in your admissions letter)
Password: Assigned in your admissions letter

Student E-Mail

All Pfeiffer students are assigned a university email account and are required to use it for official correspondence. The naming standard for student email addresses is first initial + middle initial (if available) + last name + last three digits of student ID For example, John P. Doe with student id 10123 would be

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Check your email online at

Windows Live ID: Your entire Pfeiffer email address including
Initial Password: Your my.Pfeiffer password (included in your admissions letter)


Pfeiffer uses Blackboard for its online learning system. It is used for both online and seated courses. Log into Blackboard here.

Username: Student ID Number (included in your admissions letter)
Password: Your my.Pfeiffer password (included in your admissions letter)

Technology Assistance Center

Click or call 24/7! Pfeiffer University's Department of Information Technology has established the Technology Assistance Center (TAC) to assist you with technological difficulties. TAC is available 24/7, providing technology assistance. If you have questions or need assistance, call (704) 463-3002.

A Successful Launch

We know the transition from high school to college can be intimidating, but Pfeiffer ensures every new student is well-oriented and supported. We want you to be comfortable and confident during your freshman year in college. We go the extra mile to make that happen.