What happens outside of class?
From the fitness facilities at the Marino Center to the game room at the Curry Student Center, you'll enjoy the privileges that come with being part of the Northeastern University community. With access to the University's sporting events and clubs, you have countless opportunities to pursue your passions, explore new interests, and get involved. Because Foundation Year is a commuter program, on-campus housing is not available.
Foundation Year provides options for students to learn the skills they need to succeed and help them achieve their goals.
Indy Alvarez, Cohort 1 (2009-2010)
Indy is a junior at Northeastern University where she is majoring in international relations and economics.
"The idea of a place where you could earn college credit while learning how to adjust to college life was just what I needed. People always say, 'College is not the same as high school. You have more responsibilities.” But they never tell you what those responsibilities are. Books tell you what you should do, but Foundation Year puts it into practice.
In Foundation Year, the classes were smaller, the professors were at my disposal, and I met with guidance counselors and tutors every week. I was encouraged to get extra help whenever I needed it.
I completed Foundation Year with honors and today I'm attending Northeastern University on scholarship. I am now in my third year, majoring in International Affairs and Economics, and participating in a co-op at the Mayor of Boston's office. I'm proud of what I've accomplished, but I know I couldn't have done it without Foundation Year. They gave me the chance to show my full potential."
Ayan Hassan, Cohort 2 (2010-2011)
Ayan is a sophomore at Pine Manor College where she is majoring in political science and international relations.
"I didn't do as well in high school as I would have liked, but at Foundation Year, I learned that my high school performance doesn't dictate my future. I now have the steps to succeed. Working with tutors, spending extra time with my professors, and knowing how and where to find help has enabled me to better myself.
What really strikes me is how much Foundation Year faculty members care about their students. They helped me navigate the college system, which can be overwhelming for first-generation college students like me. I'm now attending college where I know how to advocate for myself and ask for extra help when I need it.
Even though I've graduated, I discovered that you never really leave Foundation Year. In fact, I still keep in touch with my cohort, tutors, and writing advisor. It feels good knowing that they'll always support me as I attend college and beyond."
Steven Arango, Cohort 3 (2011-2012)
Steven is a sophomore at Salem State University where he is majoring in political science.
"My parents came to the U.S. from Columbia in the 90s having never completed sixth grade. As their only child, I was encouraged to go to school and reminded that an education was my way to get a better job. You see, in my neighborhood, many people work double shifts and multiple jobs—often working 16 hours/day just to make ends meet. I decided early on that I wanted a different future.
Foundation Year is a first-year college program that provides the resources you need to bridge that gap between high school and college. I tell people that it's a cocoon—a safe place to grow, learn, and transform yourself into a more confident student. Surrounded by faculty who are concerned about my academic success and students who want to better themselves, I became inspired to earn good grades and do my best. Today, I attend Salem State University where I apply the skills I learned in Foundation Year every day.
For students who are considering Foundation Year, I'd say, 'Weigh your options. Where can you benefit the most? What do you want out of life? What path can take you there?' For me, that path was Foundation Year."