New students will get a semester-long introduction to college life this fall as Bryan introduces the College Success Seminar, a class to help freshmen adjust to college life.
Academic Vice President Dr. Bradford Sample said the class, required for all freshmen, “is intended to introduce new students to Bryan College and help them adapt to college life and expectations. This is designed to help them adjust socially and academically and help them understand the structure of the institution.”
Also new this fall will be majors in criminal justice and creative writing and minors in worship arts and art. In addition, Dr. Sample said the college will offer four courses in human trafficking, the potential first steps toward a minor in that topic.
Three new professors will join the faculty this fall, each with ties to the college. Alumni Lorraine Doran and Scott Smith will become director of the academic support center and instructor in education, and missionary in residence and instructor in Spanish, respectively. Scott Landis, who has served as head athletic trainer, will become an exercise and health science professor.
New students are to arrive Aug. 25, a week later than has been the case. Dr. Sample explained that the college has adjusted the academic calendar, cutting fall break to two days.
Admissions Director Aaron Porter said “arrival day” is exciting for him and his staff. “That’s when we get the chance to welcome students and see the fruits of our labor. We are expecting to finish (the recruiting effort) ahead of the five-year average for new students,” he said.