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.

Pfeiffer Readiness Education Program (P.R.E.P.)

To prepare incoming students for the high expectations of college coursework, Pfeiffer offers P.R.E.P., a week-long bridge program at the start of the academic year. Throughout the week, you will refresh study skills, explore campus, meet other freshmen and interact with professors and staff — and get ready to succeed at Pfeiffer.

P.R.E.P. is ideal for first-generation college students as well as those who anticipate possible academic challenges. The fee is $25, which includes the cost of earned college credits, lodging and meals.

P.R.E.P. activities, for which participants earn two college credits, include:

  • Participation in college courses (with an emphasis on college-level reading and writing)
  • Study skills and time management workshops
  • Social activities such as dinner with professors, bowling, college BINGO and Baskin-Robbins takeover

For more information, contact:
Chip Palmer, Ph.d.
P.R.E.P. Advisor
[email protected]
(704) 463-3367

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.