Programs & Initiatives

First-Year Experience is truly a collaborative effort at Regis, with a wide variety of programs and initiatives designed to ease the transition from high school to college, build community, and foster student engagement and success.

New Student Orientation

The Student Affairs team at Regis College is here to ensure the academic and personal success of our students -- from the day they enroll, to the day they graduate (and every day in between). For the newest members of our undergraduate community -- both freshmen and transfer students – the journey begins with Orientation. Here students meet classmates and choose roommates, participate in social activities, learn about campus life, register for classes, and more.

Common Reading Program

Each year, members of the Common Reading Committee select a summer reading for the entire campus community. First-year students get their reading assignments at Orientation, read over the summer, and return to campus to hear the author, and discuss the book as part of First-Year Seminar. To view book selections, Click here for more information.


Convocation is an annual celebration at which students and faculty gather to celebrate the official opening of the academic year. The College’s Convocation also welcomes new students to the Regis community.

First-Year Seminar (FYS)

First-Year Seminar is a three-credit course offered to all incoming students during the fall semester. During FYS, new students are introduced to Regis history and heritage, build their academic and social skills, engage in a variety of co-curricular experiences, and participate in a challenge-based learning project.

Learning Communities

A learning community is a group of students who take a common set of courses together or share a common experience around their academics. Participants in a learning community develop a deeper understanding of the courses’ subject matter while they build relationships and learn together outside of the classroom. In most learning communities, students are enrolled in one or two required general education courses as well as a First-Year Seminar.

Mentoring Program

Students With A Goal (SWAG) is a cohesive and dedicated group of upper class students who support incoming first year students providing them with direction to ease their transition from high school to college. This program hopes to foster leadership qualities among the incoming class and build friendships to make a lasting impact on your college experience. S.W.A.G. coaches and S.W.A.G. participants will learn about the importance of becoming involved in the campus community where they can grow academically, spiritually, and socially while promoting service to others, universal respect, and unity through diversity in keeping with the values of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston.

Co-Curricular and Residential Programming

The Office of Student Programming & Leadership, Center for Ministry and Service and the Office of Residence Life offer a wide variety of programming for first-year students. For more information, please visit the online calendar.

Other First-Year Student Resources

Regis College First-Year Experience: Programs & Initiatives