First Year Experience

The University Transition


Are you a first-year student who wants to meet new people? Learn your way around campus? Get good grades? Consider enrolling in a 3-credit elective course designed for new students to get off to a great start at FGCU.


See What Previous Students Have Said


"I would recommend this class to everyone. I think it should be required because it helped me transition from high school so much easier. I feel as though I'm leaving the class with many useful tips."
"This course allows a smoother adjustment to the college life and almost all questions you have about the university can be answered."
"This class is a great and safe environment to not only make friends, but to find your purpose in college and to learn about all the resources at FGCU that will set you up for success."


Frequestly Asked Questions

  • What topics are covered in this course? 

  • Who is eligible to enroll in The University Transition?

  • How many credits hours can I earn?

  • How can students enroll in The University Transition?

  • Will there be a required book that students must purchase?


Fall 2021 Course Offerings


Instructor days time LOCATION crn
Crystal Coleman Monday, Wednesday, Friday 1:30 - 2:20 Merwin Hall 219 80400
Tabitha Dawes Monday, Wednesday, Friday 12:30 - 1:20 Eagle Hall 2001 80402
Valerie Garcia-Rea Tuesday, Thursday  1:30 - 2:45 Merwin Hall 205 82140
Julie Gleason Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:30 - 3:20 Merwin Hall 219 80398
Lindsey Johns Tuesday, Thursday 12:00 - 1:15 Osprey Hall 2001 80391
Nikki Kirdahy Monday, Wednesday, Friday 11:30 - 12:20 Merwin Hall 107 80403
Natalie Reckard  Tuesday, Thursday 3:00 - 4:15 Osprey Hall 2001
April Palmer Tuesday, Thursday 10:30 - 11:45 Whitaker Hall 131 80392


Meet Your Fall 2021 Instructors


Crystal Coleman
Academic Advisor III
Office: LH 1308
Phone: 239-590-1885
Tabitha Dawes
Director of Eagle View Orientation
Office: MCT 223A
Phone: 239-590-7744
Valerie Garcia-Rea
Project Director, SSS Classic
Office: MCT 212
Phone: 239-590-7939
Julie Gleason
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of Fraternity & Sorority Life
Office: CC 258
Phone: 239 -590-7722
Lindsey Johns
Assistant Dean of Students/Director of the Office of Student Involvement
Office: CC 258
Phone: 239-745-4672
Nikki Kirdahy
Assistant Director, Prevention & Wellness
Office: HH 142
Phone: 239-745-4218
Natalie Reckard
Associate Director for Residence Life
Office: ACK 218
Phone: 239-590-1701
April Palmer
Assistant Dean of Students, Campus Life
Phone: 239-590-7904



Interested in Becoming an Instructor?

First Year Experience & Retention Programs is always seeking dedicated individuals to serve as an instructor for The University Transition. Faculty and Staff who are interested may complete the interest form below to be considered.