Freshmen Involved in Reflective Service Together

The selection process for F.I.R.S.T. for fall 2019 has been changed due to high interest in the program. The initial application for F.I.R.S.T. will be open for one week, and then 20 incoming first-year female students and 20 incoming first-year male students will be selected by random lottery. These selected students will be given one week to complete the registration form and payment of $250. An email will be sent from the Admissions Office with instructions on May 8, 2019. The application will open on May 14, 2019, and will close on May 21, 2019. Students who are selected will be notified within one week by email, and will be given one week to complete the registration and payment process. The director of the program will utilize a wait list for any open spaces after this initial selection process has closed.

Dear Members of the Class of 2023,

Welcome to The University of Scranton! In keeping with our Jesuit identity, we work toward incorporating the values of St. Ignatius Loyola in all aspects of daily life. Living up to this goal gives us a desire to be "men and women for and with others," which fosters a yearning not only to help those in need but also to be an agent for change.

With this in mind, we would like to invite you to take part in an exciting service immersion program - F.I.R.S.T.: First years Involved in Reflective Service Together. Forty incoming first year students will be given the opportunity to participate in five days of service in the Scranton community immediately preceding Fall Welcome. Types of service include working with elementary school children, nursing home residents, a soup kitchen and food pantry. We will have speakers from the National Coalition on Homelessness as well. In the evening, we will stay at the University's beautiful Retreat Center at Chapman Lake. A team of 10 Scranton students will lead F.I.R.S.T., with a staff chaperone.

The program runs Monday, August 19th through Saturday, August 24th. If you will be living on campus, you will move all of your belongings into your residence hall on Monday morning and have a few hours to set up your room before we leave for Chapman Lake around 4pm.  Everyone will return to campus on Saturday morning, in time for Fall Welcome activities.

We look forward to meeting you as the beginning of your college experience grows near!


Pat Vaccaro
Director, Center for Service and Social Justice