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First Year Experience


First Year Experience works to create and deliver programs and initiatives designed to help students make the most of their first year and beyond at FGCU. Our office provides students with the tools they need to succeed by helping them to get engaged, get adjusted, build skills, and be curious.

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College is an exciting time, and Eagle View Orientation (EVO, as we call it) provides the gateway to making the most of your FGCU experience. We'll prepare you for the opportunities and responsibilities that await. 

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Immerse yourself in a learning opportunity with your peers to have an unforgettable experience before classes even begin. All of these opportunities are exclusively available to the Class of 2027.



Boot Camp

These programs take place in August and are designed to give students a headstart on Math, Chemistry, Biology or Economics so they are prepared to excel in these courses once the Fall semester begins.



First Year Student Success Programs



Staff Directory

Name Department Email Phone
Ney Arias Senior Director, First Year Experience & Retention Programs narias@fgcu.edu 239-590-7111
Autumn Bradley Coordinator, First Year Experience abradley@fgcu.edu  239-745-4637
Tabitha Dawes Director, Eagle View Orientation tdawes@fgcu.edu  239-590-7744
Christina Kreiger Director, Retention & Engagement Programs  ckreiger@fgcu.edu  239-590-7110
Lindsay Rushworth Coordinator, Mentoring Programs lrushworth@fgcu.edu  239-745-4518
Niesha Radovanic Coordinator, First Year Experience nradovanic@fgcu.edu  239-745-4590
Amber Whitaker Coordinator, Eagle View Orientation awhitaker@fgcu.edu  239-590-7989


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First Year Experience

10501 FGCU Boulevard South
Fort Myers, Florida 33965