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First-year Academy

The First-year Academy (FYA) is a comprehensive University initiative that focuses on promoting the success of first-year students and improving the quality of student learning. To achieve this objective, the FYA facilitates various programmes and activities relating to first-year success and creates opportunities for faculties and support services to work together in an integrated structure. In this way, the FYA provides a unique and focused environment for first-year students to achieve success.

The FYA is a university-wide initiative that aims to improve first-year students' success rates, with the aid of a variety of research activities, programmes and projects. Each faculty has programme-specific interventions that contribute towards improved academic achievement of all first-year students. Using electronic communication systems, a variety of monitoring mechanisms offer early warning to students and refer them to appropriate assistance. In the wider context of student life, such as in residences and PSO wards, other initiatives focus on the development, support an​d preparation of the whole student for successful entry into the working world.

​Who is it aimed at?

All new first-year students, as well as all faculty staff and staff of divisions involved with first-year students. The FYA aims to support all first-year students – especially with regards to academic success. Do not wait, ask for assistance before it is too late! The FYA hopes you experience a happy and productive time of study at Stellenbosch!