First Year Experience (FYE) Overview

Mission Statement

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.

What is FYE?

Still have questions?  visit the FYE FAQ.

​Who participates in FYE, and for how long?

What is a "block"?  

FYE blocks are pre-built course schedules.  Each FYE block is a combination of courses related to a student's academic major and liberal studies courses.  Students are assigned to a block based on their intended academic major.  Courses in FYE blocks are selected in consultation with academic departments and professional advising staff.

FYE staff assign students to blocks after their orientation registration is confirmed (before the students arrive on campus for orientation).  Students are able to view their assigned block schedule once they attend orientation.  Some blocks will be full-time, complete schedules. Some blocks will only be partially complete, and require students to meet with departmental advisers to add courses appropriate to their intended academic major.  

For reference, here are some common examples of FYE blocks:

 
ART & DESIGN BLOCK EXAMPLE
  MON TUE WED THU FRI
8:00 AM          
9:00 AM EN 111   EN 111    
10:00 AM AD 110 AD 110  
11:00 AM      
12:00 AM          
1:00 PM          
2:00 PM AD 160   AD 160 AD 100  
3:00 PM    
4:00 PM          
 
     
     
     
 
NURSING BLOCK EXAMPLE
  MON TUE WED THU FRI
8:00 AM   BI 201   BI 201  
9:00 AM          
10:00 AM CH 111 CH 111 CH 111 CH 111
LAB
CH 111
11:00 AM        
12:00 AM       BI 201
LAB
 
1:00 PM        
2:00 PM       UN 100  
3:00 PM        
4:00 PM          
Remember to CHOOSE A COURSE with your adviser at Orientation!
 
     
 
UNDECLARED BLOCK EXAMPLE
  MON TUE WED THU FRI
8:00 AM          
9:00 AM   EN 111   EN 111  
10:00 AM      
11:00 AM PY 100L PY 100L   PY 100L  
12:00 AM          
1:00 PM     PY 100L
LAB
UN 100  
2:00 PM      
3:00 PM          
4:00 PM          
Remember to CHOOSE A COURSE with your adviser at Orientation!
 
 

 

The UN 100 Course

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