First Year Experience

The Office of First Year Experience aims to assist students in their transition to college life by supporting their academic, social, and personal development within an environment that values diversity and respect.  Greensboro College begins preparing students for success the moment they become a member of The Pride.  We are dedicated to providing a holistic experience for first-year students through the combined efforts of orientation, academic advising, residence life, first-year seminar, and athletics.  The goal of the Office of First Year Experience is to foster academic success, a seamless transition to college, and a sense of commitment and community to the College while serving as a central resource for all first-year students.



The Office of First Year Experience houses two major first-year programs:

  • Preparing, Advising, and Welcoming Students (PAWS): PAWS is a two-part orientation program designed to acclimate and welcome all of our new students to Greensboro College. PAWS 1 is a one-day program during the summer at which incoming students register for classes and learn about campus and academic life at the College.  PAWS 2 is designed to welcome new students to campus and takes place over three days right before the beginning of the fall semester. 
  • Greensboro College Seminar: Greensboro College Seminar (GCS) is an academic program designed to assist all incoming students with their transition to Greensboro College.  The program includes courses designed for first-year students, transfer students, and adult students.


Apply to Be a Pride Leader!

Pride Leaders are Greensboro College's orientation leaders. Pride Leaders guide incoming students through PAWS and Welcome Weekend, our two orientation programs. As the first student faces that new students and families interact with throughout the orientation process, Pride Leaders work hard to show off everything Greensboro College has to offer its students. Pride Leaders set an example for incoming students and are Greensboro College's student leaders!

Follow the appropriate link below to find more details about the Pride Leader position and submit your application:

New Pride Leader Application

Returning Pride Leader Application

Attend the Pride Leader Interest Meeting at 6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, in the Gold Dining Room to learn more about what it’s really like to be a Pride Leader!

Applications are due by 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, 2016!


Questions can be directed to:

Jenna Ryan, M.Ed.
Director of First Year Experience