My First Year
Babson students have access to an extensive directory of resources - during their first year and beyond. The staff, faculty, and student leaders below are just a sample of the many resources that are available throughout students' first-year.
Class Dean: Each incoming class works with Assistant Director, First Year Dean Dan Kwash who serves as the First-Year Dean. Dean Kwash provides both personal and academic support for all students in the class. At the start of sophomore year, the students are assigned a new Class Dean who remains with the cohort for their last three years at Babson. The Class Deans are located in the Office of Academic Services in Hollister Hall.
First-Year Seminar Instructor: A First-Year Seminar (FYS) instructor is a Babson College staff member trained to teach in the FYS program. The instructor is responsible for the overall execution of their FYS section, including creating the syllabus, coordinating topics and guest speakers, and managing the co-facilitation process with the peer mentor and faculty adviser. The FYS instructor aids new students with their transition process, and provides support to students as needed throughout their first year.
First-Year Seminar Faculty Adviser: A faculty adviser provides guidance to students from a faculty perspective through their participation in the FYS program, by attending FYS social events, and through personalized contact via their office hours or scheduled appointments.
Peer Mentor: A peer mentor is a sophomore, junior, or senior at Babson who has been selected to guide and provide support to a cohort of new students throughout their first year. Peer mentors are carefully chosen and participate in a thorough training process. They serve as the first contact for new students during fall orientation, and continue their mentoring responsibilities through the co-facilitation of a FYS section.
Resident Assistant: A resident assistant (RA) lives and works with residents in our residential community. RAs are assigned to specific residence halls, where they are responsible for creating and maintaining a welcoming and inclusive environment, which is conducive to a student's academic and personal success. All RAs are trained to provide support and assistance to students on a variety of issues.
FME Mentor: An FME mentor is a sophomore, junior, or senior at Babson who assists the faculty in Foundations of Management and Entrepreneurship (FME). These students are trained to provide academic support, advising, and feedback for the course as well as the business implementation. Two FME mentors are assigned to each section of FME.