First Year Experience

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.

Our hope is to:

  • 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
Main Hall 324 | fye@uccs.edu | 719-255-3570

Ellen Burkart, M.S.
Interim Senior Executive Director, Student Support and Retention
Director, First Year Experience

719-255-7551 | eburkart@uccs.edu

Missy Sernatinger
Program Coordinator, First Year Experience
719-255-7521 | msernati@uccs.edu

Student Staff
Jessica Asuquo - Peer Academic Coach
Beth Dandino - Peer Academic Coach
Stephanie Kol - Peer Academic Coach

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