FYSEP was launched in the fall of 2009 as a student-led year-long mentorship program that connected first-year students with trained upperclass mentors. Through one-on-one mentor-mentee meetings, social events, retreats, and workshops, FYSEP students learned the mechanics of a successful Dartmouth experience while forging a strong peer network that will continue even after they graduate.
This year, the President and the Dean of the College are partnering to support the mentoring program and to launch the next phase of FYSEP: a five-day pre-orientation and year-long peer-mentoring program for students who are among the first in their family to attend a four-year college. The program offers workshops, activities, and seminars designed to simulate life at Dartmouth and to prepare participants to handle some of the challenges they may face during the course of their first year. FYSEP provides a rigorous, fun and worthwhile experience that puts participants in a position to thrive at Dartmouth both academically and socially.