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Academic Success & Equity Programs

First-Year ExperienceStudents sitting outside together

Mission of the program

Victor Valley College believes that the first year experience is critical to the academic success and personal growth of our students.  The First Year Experience (FYE) program at Victor Valley College integrates first-year students into the academic and cultural community of the College.  It is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic goal. 

 

 

Students sitting together by the campus lakeBenefits of First Year experience:

  • Dedicated counselors
  • Student Support Network
  • Culturally Enriching Activities
  • Academic Success Workshops
  • University Tours
  • Book Assistance (up to $500 per semester)
  • Second-Year Assistance and Follow up
  • Student leadership training opportunities
  • Linked Courses
  • Mentoring

 

 

WHY YOU SHOULD JOIN:

  • FYE students are twice as likely to earn their associate degrees within a three-year time period than students who are not in FYE.
  • FYE students are more likely to persist into their second year at Victor Valley College than students who are not in FYE.
  • FYE students are more likely to transfer to 4 year universities than students who did not participate in FYE.

Orientation

There are no orientation sessions scheduled at this time.

Information Sessions:

Information sessions will be held at your high school.

 

Admission Requirements:

Complete the Victor Valley College “Steps to Enrollment” by March 31, 2017:

  • VVC online application
  • Apply for Financial Aid
    • Student must qualify for the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver – BOGFW
  • Complete VVC orientation
  • Complete VVC assessment test

 

Complete the First-Year Experience application including a 200-300 word essay describing why you should be selected to participate in this program. 

  • Submit high school transcripts
  • Submit a photo of yourself
  • Attend the orientation for your specific cohort

Attend and graduate from one of the designated high schools: Hesperia High School, Oak Hills High School, Sultana High School, Apple Valley High School, Granite Hills High School, Victor Valley High School, Adelanto High School, Silverado High School, Serrano High School or Excelsior High School.

 

Program Requirements:

In order to be eligible for the First-Year Experience program, students must:

  • Be enrolled as a Full-Time student
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.00 or above
  • Complete 20 hours of community service each semester

 

Summer cohorts begin June 19th, 2017.

 

Start...Stay...Succeed!

 

Last Updated 5/23/17