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Alpha Program



What's an Alpha?

Think back to your first weeks as a student here on campus. Remember the one or two people assigned to your FYS group as helpers during Orientation? Those students were part of the Alpha Program! 

An Alpha is a student at Catawba who helps incoming first years through their orientation week! Alpha's help first years register for classes for the first time and also help them navigate campus during their first week as students. You are assigned to a FYS professor, and help them throughout the week as well!


Apply Now for 2017!

Want to help with Freshman Retreats? Want to help incoming first-years through their orientation week? Be an Alpha!

Read more about required critera and/or apply below:

Apply NOW!

  Apply by February 17, 2017.

Our Mission 

The Alpha Program strives to provide a support system that makes adjusting to college life as seamless as possible through mentorship of incoming first years, while also assisting FYS Instructors with the Orientation process.


Types of Alphas

There are several different types of Alphas. Teaching Fellow can be selected with any type of Alpha.

  • ALPHA - An Alpha assists with Preview Days, Move-In Day and Orientation Activities as assigned.
  • ALPHA CORE - From the group of Alphas we select individuals to serve on the CORE committee.  These students arrive approx. three days before the other Alphas to assist in the final planning and compile the many materials that advisors and Alphas need.  If you are eager to serve in this capacity, please check below.
  • ALPHA LEADERSHIP CORE - From the group of Alphas we select individuals to serve on the LEADERSHIP CORE committee.  These students will attend at least one Freshmen Orientation Retreat and help with tasks as it relates to the Freshmen Orientation Retreat.  If you are eager to serve in this capacity, please check below.
  • TEACHING FELLOW - As you think about registration for the fall, please consider the opportunity to participate in the First Year Seminar Fellowship. You must have a GPA of at least a 3.0 and your schedule must allow you to attend the seminar from noon - 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday and Thursday.

**You must have a 2.5 GPA to be eligible and have full availability during the week of Orientation for the Fall Semester.**


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