Brigham Young University. Freshman Academy

The Freshman Academy program developed out of Brigham Young University experiments with learning communities beginning in 1993, and took its present form in 1997. Directors of Freshman Academy include Patricia A. Esplin. Associate Directors of Freshman Academy include J. Gary Daynes (until 2007) and Fred Pinnegar (2007-present).


Established: 1997

Location: Provo, Utah (1997- )


Freshman Academy is a program that lasts one semester and assists in the integration of new students into the university milieu and the connection of these students with campus resources. This is accomplished by organizing students into small groups called learning communities, where these groups enroll in the same courses and have peer mentors from among the upperclassmen.

Assets and Administrative Structure

The Freshman Academy program is overseen by a director and associate director. Originally a part of and administered by the Office of First-Year Experience (formerly Freshman Year Office), Freshman Academy now exists as an independent unit which reports directly to the Dean of Undergraduate Education.

Associated Units

Superior unit: Brigham Young University (1997-2002)

Superior unit: Brigham Young University. Freshman Year Office (2002-2004)

Superior unit: Brigham Young University. Office of First-Year Experience (2004-2009)

Superior unit: Brigham Young University. Undergraduate Education (2009- )


Brigham Young University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog: p. 58 (overseen by a director [Patricia A. Esplin] and associate director [J. Gary Daynes])

Brigham Young University 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog: p. 80 (Fred Pinnegar, Associate Director)

Brigham Young University 2009-2010 Catalog WWW Site, Jan. 7, 2010: Undergraduate Education page (division of Undergraduate Education, one-semester program designed to integrate first-year students into the life of the university and connect them with campus resources in small groups or learning communities, a mentored environment in which upper-division students serve as peer mentors who encourage students to adopt good learning habits and also help students connect with campus resources)

Brigham Young University Freshman Academy WWW Site, Jan. 7, 2010: History of Freshman Academy page (experiments with learning communities started at BYU in 1993, and by 1997 Freshman Academy had substantially taken its present form); Freshman Academy Organization page (division of Undergraduate Education); Freshman Academy Contact page (still overseen by director and associate director)

Maintenance Information

Record ID: EAC-2010-00003

Creator: UPB