Finding Your Centre

All first-year students enroll in a Finding Your Centre course during the fall term. This course provides students with information about how to succeed academically at Centre. FYC includes peer mentors comprised of returning students who help incoming first-year students adapt to the challenges that their first year of college might bring.


Since class numbers are capped to small groups, first-year students develop close working relationships with their professors and classmates while experiencing education in the small, intimate settings usually reserved for upperclassmen. These courses may include field trips, dinner discussions, labs, and other special activities.


Finding Your Centre has three primary goals:

  1. Provide a small-group learning situation that will engage students and faculty in an intensive intellectual experience
  2. Introduce students to a discipline’s basic concepts, modes of thought, or procedures in an innovative way
  3. Foster basic educational skills — how to read critically, think logically, and communicate effectively.

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