First-Year Experience

First-Year Experience

Contact Us

Phone: 830-372-6315
Fax: 830-372-6412
Email: parents@tlu.edu

Malikah Harvey
Associate Dean of Student Life & Learning

Samira Lopez
First Year & Campus Programs Coordinator


Freshman Experience Course

FREX 134: Exploring the Arts and Sciences is a three-hour credit course designed to bring TLU first-year students into a multi-generational community of learning. By engaging texts written out of diverse disciplines and participating in curricular and co-curricular activities, this course introduces students to the multiple facets of TLU’s educational mission. Special attention is focused on developing critically reflective reading skills at a university level. Transfer students who graduated from high school at least one year prior and have 24 hours or more of transferable credit are exempt from taking the course.

Peer Mentors

Peer Mentors assist first-year students during orientation and throughout the year with their personal and academic transition into the TLU community. From facilitating and planning orientation activities to attending all FREX 134 classes to organizing social activities outside of class, Peer Mentors not only guide students through their first year, they experience it with them. Each Peer Mentor has an individual page on MyTLU where their FREX students can get to know them better and use as an additional resource about the course.

Peer Mentors are assigned to the Freshman Experience courses and have good academic and discipline records, have demonstrated their commitment to TLU through leadership and involvement and come highly recommended from TLU faculty and staff. Students interested in becoming Peer Mentors can find qualification information, requirements and application information on MyTLU.

Students not enrolled in FREX 134 still experience the TLU community and build a strong support network through programs specially designed for transfer and commuter students. More information about Transfer & Commuter Socials can be found on MyTLU.

Paw Print Module

Activity Modules give students an opportunity to apply the knowledge they have gained in class to activities outside the classroom and in the community. Activity Modules are an important and unique feature of TLU's general education program, Compass.

Students enroll in the Paw Print Module their first semester at TLU. This activity module meets once each month for one hour to help students better understand Compass and its requirements and create an academic plan.

Students are required to take four activity modules before they graduate and are encouraged to complete all modules by the end of the sophomore year.