Community is a way of life at UMW and it starts with the First Year Seminar course that incoming students take. This class is capped at 15 students and they are assigned an upper-class peer mentor to help with the transition to college. Once on campus, a great resource for them is the Hurley Convergence Center that is home to the Writing Center, Speaking Center, Digital Knowledge Center, video production lab and an editing facility. Learn more about some of the distinctive majors and opportunities available to UMW students.
We put a lot of thought into what the first year experience incorporates. And it's really based on a great deal of research that we've developed over a number of years. It starts with the First Year Seminar.
It gives students an entry point to be able to work in a seminar format with an instructor in a very small, intimate setting. That instructor also serves as their primary academic advisor. The students in the first year seminar that live on campus all live in the same building.
We also have a peer mentor program. An upper class student serves as support for the students outside of class.
Our major in Communication and Digital Studies, this is a very distinctive program. It's the first of its kind in Virginia. It's one of a handful across the country. We're already finding students just a few years out that are already becoming industry leaders.
The Hurley Convergence Center is this amazing resource on campus that houses a number of very important academic support centers-- the writing center, the speaking center. Down the hall, we have a digital knowledge center, a video cyclorama green screen, and also a video production lab, editing facilities that students, once they get a little bit of training, have 24/7 access to as well.
Our campus is unique. In historic preservation, we have honestly countless possibilities for hands-on learning. Our downtown here in Fredericksburg is a real living laboratory, where students can explore their built environment. They're actually learning the real deal in real buildings.
We have opportunities in the surrounding counties, in Richmond, and even in DC, which is actually not as far as you would think. I had a student last summer who worked at the African-American Museum on the mall, lived in Fredericksburg. And it takes about an hour on the train, so she didn't even have to set foot in a car.