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The First-Year Experience courses, SBS 100 and CAS 101 are one-credit courses. They are designed to enhance your first-year experience and ensure a successful transition to Suffolk and our unique urban community.

Through class discussions, readings, and engaging assignments, participants discuss a variety of topics, including academic success strategies, personal goals and self-awareness, and areas of personal interest. When the course is over, students should have an understanding of how to balance freedom and social responsibility within the framework of academic success.

The First-Year Experience courses are unlike any other course because they are designed around your overall success as a student at Suffolk. These courses will help you succeed both inside and outside the classroom.

Students enrolled in a First-Year Experience course

  • achieved higher first semester GPAs than those not enrolled.
  • were more successful in getting to know faculty.
  • were more successful in adjusting to academic demands of a University.
  • were more likely to study with other students outside of class.