Freshman Year Experience Program                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Freshman Year Experience and Retention Initiatives (FYE)

The Freshman Year Experience and Retention Initiative (FYE) is an area of the Department of Student Affairs committed to supporting the academic and social transition of first-year students to The American University of Afghanistan.

FYE seeks to help students understand expectations associated with being a member of the AUAF Community and educate first-year students about academic performance skills, understanding the university’s culture, policies, expectations, self-directed learning skills, time management, critical thinking, the eight types of intelligence, discovering types of learning, among other concepts. 

FYE provides support, resources, and programs for freshman as they build the foundation of success that AUAF students need to successfully complete their programs while surrounded by the mountains of Kabul.

University Success (UNV 100)

This course is designed to introduce students to the university as an empowering academic environment.  By creatively exploring the campus and learning how to learn in a university classroom, examining real world problems from an interdisciplinary perspective, engaging in critical thinking, and experiential learning, students will discover the connectivity of knowledge and skills necessary in working toward achievement of their academic endeavors. 

New Student Orientation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

As an outgrowth of AUAF’s Mission, Vision, and Goals, New Student Orientation:

  • Exposes new students to the broad educational opportunities at AUAF, including both in-class and out-of-class experiences.
  • Assists new students in their successful transitions to the AUAF community.
  • Integrates new students into the campus life of AUAF.
  • Contribute to the increased retention of students at AUAF.
  • Promote an awareness and respect for the principles of equality and fairness without regard to gender, ethnicity, religion, or kinship.
  • Introduces the academic advisement and registration process for new freshmen students.
  • Offers Math, English and IT Placement Tests to help insure proper class registration.
Academic Advising

Students at AUAF are assigned an academic adviser who assists them in the navigation of the university’s academic requirements to complete their respective degree. Freshman (0 – 30 completed credits) are assigned a professional academic adviser in the Department of Student Affairs. Students are eligible to declare their academic major after they complete 30 credits and have at least a 2.5 Grade Point Average. Once a student declares their major, they are assigned an adviser within their academic department.


AUAF Peer Mentor Program

The purpose of the AUAF Peer Mentor Program is to support the cycle of success, holistic, academic, mentoring, and peer support for all students. The AUAF Peer Mentor Program is to serve as an integral part of the University to promote the improvement of academic success, persistence and successful graduation of students participating in the program. It assists new incoming students with junior and senior class level students who serve as a resource and assist them through their first year. The primary purpose of the Peer Mentor Program at AUAF is to provide students with an optimum opportunity for academic and personal success. 

There are 5 primary goals of the Peer Mentor Program.

 1) Facilitate successful academic integration among mentees

 2) Facilitate successful social integration among mentees

 3) Cultivate personal development among mentees and mentors

 4)  Facilitate leadership development of mentors

 5) Mentees learn and develop study skills vital for academic success.

This past year over 130 students were part of the Peer Mentor Program and took the opportunity to connect with other students, faculty, and staff. They gained knowledge and wisdom from those who walked in similar shoes before them.  

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