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    Pfeiffer Journey Program

    We’re committed to your success!

    The Pfeiffer Journey program—designed to help students navigate the transition to college life and all its expectations—offers access to the tools you’ll need to manage your four-year Pfeiffer experience—and beyond. Whether you’ve decided on a major—or like the majority of students are “undecided” at first, the Pfeiffer Journey program will give you new things to think about, encourage you to stretch beyond the ways you currently define yourself and introduce you to academic and career options you hadn’t considered.

    With a focus on addressing the “whole student,” Pfeiffer Journey offers a level of coaching and mentoring rarely found in an undergraduate setting:

    • Our first-year experience includes connecting you to faculty coaches and peer mentors who are trained to guide from and make sure your academics are on track. You’ll enroll in Pfeiffer Journey, a 3-credit class for all freshmen that introduces you to the tips and tools that will enhance your class work, residence hall experience and participation in campus activities.
    • New for 2014: Sophomores participate in Sophomore Retreat, a summer experience that picks up where the freshman experience ends to address the unique needs of second-year students, offering a great way to renew your commitment to yourself and your future.
    • Future Opportunities: As the Pfeiffer Journey program grows, students will participate for all four years at Pfeiffer to continue meeting the needs of students as they prepare to graduate and enter the world of work or decide to continue their education at the graduate levels


    Contact: Deborah Burris

    Assistant Professor of Communication

    (704) 463-3358

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  • Fall Programs

    New Student Orientation
    Orientation at Pfeiffer begins just before the start of each semester and allows new students the opportunity to get acquainted to campus, meet new friends, finalize registration, prepare for classes, and find out about all that Pfeiffer has to offer.

    Pfeiffer Journey 
    The first year experience course offered to all incoming students preparing them for ongoing academic success and successful transition into the Pfeiffer community.  This graduation requirement is offered with a 2-hour course in the fall focused on self-exploration and academic preparation and a 1-hour course in the spring focused on choosing a major and preparing for a career.  Each student will be matched with both a Mentor who serves as a faculty advisor and a Peer Mentor who supports each student both inside and outside of the classroom.

    This community-wide formal event takes place wihtin the first month of the fall semester and serves to officially welcome the freshman class into the Pfeiffer Community.

    Spring Programs

    Accepted Student Day
    Twice a year, students who have been accepted to Pfeiffer are given the opportunity to visit campus and take the first steps to becoming an official member of the Pfeiffer community. To register for our next ASD event, visit the Admissions page.

    During this one-day event, typically ocurring in April and July, students complete:

    • Student ID Card Photos
    • Campus Tour, including Residence Halls
    • Individual Academic Advising Preparing Class Schedule
    On the last day of class in the spring semester, the entire campus community comes together to celebrate the successful completion of the first year of college life for the freshman class.

  • Date: August 16-18
    Location: Camp Caraway, Asheboro, N.C.
    Cost: All expenses paid

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    This is a renewing camping experience with fellow sophomores to prepare for the school year with reflection, challenges and fun.

    While we cover so many things to connect you to the university experience and to the Pfeiffer community in your first year, we believe that a pause at the beginning of your second year would be a welcome way to renew your commitment to yourself and your future. We now offer the sophomore retreat to strengthen the Pfeiffer Journey to allow the time and space to consider your needs for this second leg of the journey.

    Join us in this pilot retreat! After checking into your room, you will escape to Camp Caraway only 40 minutes from campus.

    Let us know as soon as possible if you would like to be among the first group to participate in the sophomore retreat! We will only be able to accommodate 25 in this first-time event.

    For more information, contact:

    Deborah Burris 
    Assistant Professor of Communication 
    (704) 463-3358 
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Latest News

Pfeiffer Sports Hall of Famer Ferri-Lewis Featured by NCAA

Ferri-Lewis1Former Pfeiffer three-sport star Stephanie Ferri-Lewis was selected as one of the 48 best NCAA Division II former student athletes, as part of the division’s 40th anniversary. The 1994 NCAA North Carolina Scholar Athlete Woman of the Year, Ferri-Lewis starred in cross country, soccer and swimming for the Falcons.

Currently, Ferri-Lewis is an emergency room physician and is a wife and mother of two children. Still, the Springfield, Missouri resident finds time to compete in marathons and triathlons.

“I am still an athlete – an old lady-athlete – but an athlete nonetheless,” Ferri-Lewis said. “It’s still a balanced life, and that’s what carried over from my student-athlete experience at Pfeiffer.”

Below she talks about her time at Pfeiffer and her experiences as a student-athlete.

Friends of the Library Welcomes Smoky Mountains Author Wally Avett

Wally AvettPfeiffer University Friends of the Library welcomes author Wally Avett, Fri., Sept. 19, Misenheimer campus, G.A. Pfeiffer Library, 48380 U.S. Hwy. 52N, LTC Mike Little, USA, Ret., Room, 2nd floor. The event begins at 10 a.m., with brunch, followed immediately by Mr. Avett’s presentation. Reservations are required; visit

Born in Salisbury and raised in Concord, Mr. Avett currently resides in Murphy, N.C., a town often compared to Mayberry. After earning a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, he developed a gift for storytelling as a newspaperman, including editor for Murphy’s weekly newspaper. His first novel, Murder in Caney Fork, was published earlier this year by BelleBooks/Bell Bridge; a second novel, Last Bigfoot in Dixie, will be available in September.
“Pfeiffer University is thrilled to present Wally Avett, a talented writer who is enjoying literary success on the heels of a long career as a journalist,” said Al Rose ’63, president, Friends of the Library. “Clearly he exemplifies Pfeiffer’s commitment to lifelong learning.”
Mr. Avett, the son of a Methodist preacher, credits the storytellers in his family with providing inspiration for his story plots and characters. He is uncle to Scott and Seth Avett, known internationally as The Avett Brothers, a popular, mostly acoustic bluegrass, country, folk, pop and funk band. He is also an avid reader and gardener, Sunday school teacher and bluegrass gospel singer, hunter, fisherman and semi-retired realtor.
Friends of the Library supports special projects of Pfeiffer University’s libraries at its Misenheimer, Charlotte and Raleigh-Durham campuses. The group’s two main annual events, a fall brunch and spring luncheon, feature an accomplished local author or literary figure. For more information about becoming a Friends of the Library member, please contact Erica Burroughs, director of development, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it." target="_blank">This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 704-463-3038.