Philosophy of the First Year of College

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Holyoke Community College intentionally cultivates a foundation for college success. The college community is committed to helping new students:

• successfully transition to college;
• access resources and support services;
• explore and identify academic, career, and personal goals;
• understand academic expectations and apply strategies for academic success; and
• enhance core competencies: critical thinking, quantitative reasoning, information literacy, effective communication, and knowledge of diversity.


Holyoke Community College
303 Homestead Ave. Holyoke, MA 01040