Isenberg First Year Opportunities



There are many First Year Opportunities for Isenberg freshmen that range from academic to social, self-serving to philanthropic. And these opportunities begin before you even arrive on campus in September.

Each year first year Isenberg students participate in a variety of community service activities.  The American Cancer Society Relay for Life in April is a huge event and one example of this type of participation.  Over the past few years our first year students have raised thousands of dollars in support of this worthy cause.  Picture yourself along with fellow Isenberg students doing this kind of work!


Several integrated living and learning options are available to Isenberg students. These opportunities combine residence hall community living with specific required coursework. Through this experience of community development you will participate in awesome social events while taking part in studying and advising opportunities.


All first year Isenberg Students participate in two seminars:  the Isenberg Transitions Seminar during the fall semester and the Deans' Leadership Seminar during the spring semester.

Isenberg Transitions Seminar

The Transitions Seminar provides every first-year student with an immediate connection to the School during the fall semester. The centerpiece of Transitions is a weekly first-semester seminar to help you learn about yourself, your fellow students, and the many resources and options available to you at the University. You will work together throughout the semester in small teams mentored by Isenberg School faculty, staff and upper class students. Our goal with Transitions is to help you take full advantage of the many resources that the Isenberg School and UMass have to offer. Build the bridge to your future in your first semester by becoming an active and involved member of our community!


Dean's Leadership Seminar

During the spring semester first year students participate in the Dean's Leadership Seminar.  This class will pick up where Transitions left off and further integrate you into the fabric of the Isenberg School.  You will understand what it takes to become business-ready in your first year by learning from corporate leaders, working on and enhancing your networking skills, and discovering the opportunities about each academic major.