First Year Experience (FYE) Overview
The mission of First Year Experience is to enhance student satisfaction, persistence, and success. Through various programs, we are committed to working collaboratively through the university community to provide students with opportunities to succeed academically, to adjust to college life, and to become familiar with University and community resources.
To register for FYE, students select a block of courses and fill out the short registration form on this site. Signing up for this block of courses = signing up for FYE.
FYE blocks are pre-built for the student, and are categorized by academic major. Each FYE block includes courses related to the academic major (often introduction courses within the major). Block course meeting times are pre-scheduled as well. When signing up for the block, the student can see what courses they will take, and when those courses will take place during the week. FYE reserves seats in the courses in the block, so incoming students are guaranteed their “spot.” Once a student submits their registration, FYE staff registers the student for the courses in the block.
Students sign up for blocks far before they attend summer orientation. FYE is the only way that students can choose, confirm, and register for their courses prior to attending orientation. If a block includes a "Choose a Course" option, the student will meet with his/her adviser during orientation to sign up for an additional course.
For reference, here are some common examples of FYE blocks:
All FYE blocks contain a UN 100 course (Art & Design blocks contain an AD 100 course). This course has come to be referred to as the “core” of the block.
- Weekly, 2 credit, non-academic course;
- DOES COUNT towards graduation and your GPA;
- Co-taught by a Teaching Assistant (peer co-instructor);
- Features guest presenters, Academic Service Learning (ASL) group activities, academic planning assistance, and guided discussions on a wide range of relevant topics.
UN 100 content facilitates a successful transition to NMU.
Academic Skills (Inside the Classroom)
- Study Skills (notes, tests, study groups)
- Learning Strategies to Maximize Academic Success
- "Soft Skills" (email and interpersonal communication etiquette, expressing opinions appropriately, managing a wide variety of responsibilities)
Social/Personal Development and Engagement (Outside the Classroom)
- Self Knowledge and Recognition
- Diversity Awareness and Appreciation
- Student Rights and Responsibilities
- Campus and Community Involvement
- Developing Connections with Classmates
Career (Preparing for Life After Graduation)
- Academic Planning
- Career Exploration
- Advising Process Knowledge