Freshman Development

Applicants to Union College who do not meet the published admission requirements may apply to enroll in Freshman Development (FD), a program designed to help new freshmen transition into college with the support of an academic coach.  Applicants will be reviewed by the Admissions Committee.

Students on FD are required to:

  • Sign FD Program Letter of Commitment and complete its requirements.
  • Limit their class load to a maximum of 15 hours; anything above 15 hours must be approved by the TLC director and the vice president for academic administration.
  • Complete TLCM 100, Bridge: Building Connections.
    • This one hour credit course is designed to help FD students transition into their college experience, meet other first-year students, and learn college academic skills.
    • We will be using the textbook Your Complete Guide to College Sucess: How to Study Smart, Achieve Your Goals, and Enjoy Campus Life by Daniel J. Foss, Ph.D. (This book is a great resource as you transition into college.  Feel free to purchase it now and get a head start! Contact the Campus Store.)
  • Meet with an academic coach each week.

Transfer students who are accepted to Union College who do not meet the published admission requirements or who have a GPA of below 2.00 are required to participate in the Academic Success and Advising Program (ASAP) and fulfill its requirements.

Any student in FD whose midterm GPA is below 2.00 will be required to meet with the TLC director and team of academic coaches to discuss his or her grades.  As a result of this meeting, plans will be made to further support the student in his or her academic program.

In order for a student to complete FD successfully, he or she must finish the semester with a GPA of above 2.00.  If the semester GPA is below 2.00, then the student will transition into ASAP.  Each student's progress and GPA is reviewed by the Readmissions Committee at the end of each semester.  The vice president for academic administration communicates with each student regarding his or her next semester status.

Here are some learning and study skills for first-year students.