Bristol’s First Year Experience


What is it?

Bristol Community College’s First Year Experience (FYE) supports the successful academic, social and cultural transition of our students and their families.

The FYE will strengthen your self-advocacy, interpersonal, and personal wellness skills, while also developing your knowledge in the following areas: student support services, technology, academic exploration, career readiness, financial literacy, and Bristol’s policies and procedures.

Bristol’s holistic approach to student development reflects our commitment to student success at Bristol and beyond.

How do I participate in Bristol’s FYE? 

There are a series of topics below that have been identified as essential to Bristol’s FYE. Each topic has a learning outcome and an action item to complete in your first year at Bristol.

By completing this topic, you will learn to locate and utilize available support services. 

Click here to get started: New Student Orientation.

By completing this topic, you will learn how to utilize available college-based technology resources.

Complete the Bristol Online Introduction.

Getting connected to your fellow peers at Bristol is an important part of your Bristol experience, both inside and outside of the classroom.

By completing this topic, you will learn to advocate for what you need to meet academic and personal goals, and how to utilize resources associated with personal wellness.

To complete this element, you will need to:

Connect with our Student Wellness services.

Join one of our student clubs or organizations – or create your own!

Attend a workshop on personal wellness and/or attend another community event - click here to see the current programs being offered by our Office of Student & Family Engagement.

During your first year at Bristol, we want to give you opportunities to formulate your academic goals. We also want you to be able to locate and utilize available academic support services.

Please see below for some options on how to complete this topic:

Meet with your assigned Academic Advisor to discuss your academic, career, transfer, and personal goals.  

Did you know? You can find out who your academic advisor is by looking on your Degree Works page in accessBCC. You can even click on their name to send them an email! 

Attend a Transfer Services event and/or meet with a transfer counselor. 

Connect with Library & Learning Commons resources - for example, book an appointment with a tutor or a research librarian. 

Enroll in CSS101.

We want you to have the opportunity to apply in-class material to real-world scenarios.

Please see below for some options on how to complete this topic:

Enroll in a service-learning course. Ask your advisor about this during your next appointment.

Participate in other community service initiatives on campus, such as the Mobile Food Market.

Below are three ways to complete this topic and by doing so you will discover ways to formulate your personal career goals.

Complete the Focus 2 Career Assessment.

Activate your College Central Network account. View instructions here.

Attend a Career Services workshop.

In order to be successful, you will need to identify ways to finance your Bristol education and build your overall financial literacy skills and knowledge.

To complete this topic, you will need to:

File your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) application.

Make an appointment with a financial aid counselor. You can book your appointments online here.

Did you know? You are assigned a financial aid counselor based on your last name. You can view caseload assignments and identify your counselor by reviewing the Office of Financial Aid’s webpage.

Review the payment plan option we offer.

To complete this topic and be able to recognize key policies & procedures at Bristol, you will need to:

Review your academic program in Bristol’s academic catalog.

Did you know? You can find your academic program by viewing your Degree Works in accessBCC. Click here for a video on how to understand your Degree Works.


Review Bristol’s Student Handbook


Have Questions about Bristol’s First Year Experience?
Contact the Office of Student and Family Engagement at studentengagement@bristolcc.edu.