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First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE)

First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE)

First-year students who choose to live in Johnson Hall enjoy a unique experience; residents are required to successfully complete GST 100 and Community Service hours while also enjoying a residence hall that offers a close, supportive, person-centered community.  Johnson Hall employs double the staff of other residence halls and includes additional professional staff support.

The FYRE program is designed to support and encourage college success through:

  • active involvement in Johnson Hall, on campus, and in the community
  • personal connections with faculty, staff and other students
  • academic success
  • personal growth and development


GST 100 Course Description:  This 8-week Fall and Spring semester course is designed to help Johnson Hall residents become productive and successful members of the Oswego State community.  The course includes information and strategies for being successful students; campus resources; college policies and procedures; academic/career planning; personal development; issues of diversity and civic engagement, leadership opportunities, health and wellbeing, a sense of purpose and responsibilities in the college social/academic environment.  This one-credit pass/fail class allows students to earn academic credit while living in Johnson Hall and participating in the FYRE program.  All residents are automatically enrolled. 

Course Objectives:  Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Identify and access resources at Oswego State that will support transition to college.
  2. Identify and access academic resources and tools that will assist in academic success.
  3. Understand the personal choices & related outcomes that contribute to success in the first year.
  4. Understand the rights and responsibilities associated with being a member of the Oswego community.