Office of First-Year Experience

The Office of First-Year Experience at Berry College offers a variety of academic and social support services to help new students adjust to the demands of college life. In addition to assisting the dean of academic services with the first-year advising program, the FYE Office coordinates the First-Year Seminar (BCC 100) class. During orientation, the FYE Office offers a two-hour "crash course" in college success and organizes a  book discussion that allows freshmen to enjoy dinner and conversation with Berry faculty and staff (usually at their home). The FYE Office publishes Your College Journey, a collection of essays by Berry students, faculty, and staff that serves as a text for First-Year Seminar.

Director of First-Year Experience


Katherine Powell

She holds a B.A. from St. Joseph College and an M.A. from Middlebury College. As a lecturer in English, Mrs. Powell has been teaching freshmen at Berry since 1987. She and Dr. Michael Cooley are editors of Making Choices: Reading Issues in Context.