Mission Statement

Our goal is to assist both freshmen and transfer students through their first year at UCCS in their academic and personal goals. We know that students who feel more connected on campus and supported by faculty/staff perform better academically and are more satisfied with their overall experience. We are here to help make sure students are working effectively toward their goals and experience success and progress in their degree plans.
Our hope is to:
-help students clarify their educational, career, and life goals
-teach and assist with academic skill development
-provide students with the resources and ways to get connected to their campus community
-support faculty and staff in retention initiatives for first year students
-promote the positive growth and development of UCCS students

Contact Us

Office of First Year Experience
Location: Main Hall 324
Email: fye@uccs.edu
Phone: 719-255-3570

Dr. Barbara Gaddis - Senior Executive Director
Ellen Burkart, M.S. - Director
Karen Bisset, M.A. - Strengthening Institutions Program Manager
Yvonne Weeres - Program Assistant

Student Staff
Jessica Asuquo - Student Connections Liaison
Beth Dandino - Student Connections Liaison
Emma Fouts - Student Connections Liaison
Skylar Turner - Student Connections Liaison


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