Among Marymount’s dozen-plus programs aimed at helping freshmen grow and adjust are:
- Freshman Interest Groups: groups of resident students organized around a shared interest, including Community Service, Faith/Spirituality, Music, Interior Design, Proximity to DC, Outdoor Adventures, Leadership, and Nursing/Health Sciences;
- mix-and-mingle events just for freshmen, providing an opportunity to develop social skills;
- fun and informative field trips to DC locations, such as the State Department, Peace Corps, Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre, and the Green Festival;
- a freshman seminar called DISCOVER 101, which introduces students to inquiry learning and shows them how to take charge of their academic experience; and
- a Transition-to-College group, to help freshmen cope if they feel homesick or overwhelmed.
Marymount has many other offices, programs, and services to help students grow and succeed. These include:
- peer mentors, upperclass students who assist freshmen with transition issues
- peer tutors, students who offer free help with difficult courses
- the Center for Career Services, which helps prepare students for internships and job hunting
- the Center for Global Education, where students learn about study abroad opportunities
- Campus Ministry, offering spiritual development groups, as well as service opportunities.
Dr. Moreno adds, “Because Marymount is a small Catholic university, students receive a great deal of personal attention. Here, they will never be just a number. Freshmen, in particular, can expect a network of faculty, staff, and fellow students focused on providing them with support and encouragement to help them succeed in college and beyond.”