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First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE)

About FYRE

The First-Year Residential Experience program assists first-year resident students with their transition from high school to college. Students that attend FYRE programs will be connected to beneficial campus resources and be given the tools to successfully meet their goals at Bridgewater.

Our program features three exciting ways to meet first year students' needs: 

  • The First Six Weeks of Programs: This FYRE initiative offers one educational program each week in every first-year building. These programs target the needs of first year students over the course of the first six weeks of school and provide a continuing orientation for new students. That's a total of four programs each week and a minimum of 24 programs throughout the first six weeks of the school year.
  • Large-Scale Programs: FYRE features two large-scale social/educational events each semester that are created with the intention of bringing the first year student community together. These events may be social in nature but they all teach first-year students about important resources that they can use during their time at Bridgewater.
  • Leaders Emerging and Developing Series (LEADS): At the conclusion of first semester, the FYRE Committee recruits applicants for our exclusive Leaders Emerging and Developing Series. This six-week workshop helps emerging first-year student leaders reach their full leadership potential, as they build toward their sophomore year.