The YearOne class serves as an interdisciplinary catalyst for first-year students to access campus resources, services and opportunities that promote self-knowledge, leadership development, social responsibility and life skills awareness and application. YearOne is also designed to challenge and encourage first-year students to get to know one another, build friendships and help them become an integral part of the campus community. Research and evidence on courses like YearOne, coupled with intentional programmatic efforts, have demonstrated success in helping first-year students make a smooth transition to college, feel connected to the institution and feel supported in their curricular and co-curricular endeavors.
YearOne includes a "coaching" component that enables students to meet individually with their instructor to discuss a variety of transition issues including academic and personal success, social involvement and connection to the community, and resources and services at RIT. Students are expected to attend one half hour meeting with their instructor over the course of the first term.