Why First-Year Focus

The idea behind a “living-learning community” like First-Year Focus is that it is easier for us to learn new things together with other people instead of in isolation. That’s why First-Year Focus is designed so that when you take your first WSU courses, you’ll take one or more with people who live in your residence hall. Participants report:

  • High levels of satisfaction with their residence hall and overall university experience.
  • More contact with faculty.
  • Discovering more campus resources.
  • Stronger motivation to finish their degree.
  • Enjoying out-of-class conversations on shared learning interests.
  • Finding it easier to form study groups.
  • Making more first-year friendships that include academic interests.