The FSEM program has been designed to include a residential component to complement the classroom experience. First-year students living on-campus are housed together in their FSEM cohort in order to provide additional opportunities to engage in discussion and learning with their classmates outside the classroom. RAs will partner with the FSEM faculty and Peer Mentors to offer programming and activities that enhance the academic experience.
National research shows that student success and satisfaction is directly correlated with enrollment in the right classes as well as strong connections with other students, faculty, and staff. In recent surveys, the majority of UMW first-year students would recommend living with students within their FSEM class based on their own experiences. These results in student academic success and overall satisfaction with the residential experience of UMW students is evident in this quote from a first-year student in fall 2015: