The First Year Initiative (FYI) Program extends academic support to first year students through programs and services. Programming activities are developed with the first year students' transition in mind by focusing on issues such as meeting people, identifying campus resources, time management, test taking, getting involved on campus and managing homesickness.
The FYI Program is the total collection of programs and services in Blumberg, Burford, Cromwell, Erickson, Pickerl, Rhoads, and Sandison Halls. First year students residing in other halls are welcome to participate in all FYI programs and services. The staff in the FYI areas are dedicated to go the extra mile to ensure freshmen success. The staff will seek out students intentionally to provide them with personal contact and outstanding programs.
The Resident Assistant (RA) lives on the floor with the residents and is responsible for developing a healthy community on the floor by: programming, activities, interpretation and enforcement of policies and procedures, managing conflict, mediation, providing academic support, and by serving as a resource to the students.
The Academic Peer Advocate (APA) lives on the floor or an adjacent floor and is responsible for assisting first-year students in their academic transition to Indiana State University by supporting, facilitating and promoting academic excellence and achievement.
In addition there is an Area Director, Assistant Hall Directors (AHD) and an Assistant Hall Director for the FYI program that will be available in each FYI residence hall.
Also part of the First Year Initiative are Faculty Partner Programs, which include Academic Themed Communities, Faculty Luncheons, and Faculty-to-Student outreach and mentoring. For more information, please visit our Academic Partnerships page.