First Year Experience (FYE) Overview
The mission of First Year Experience is to enhance student satisfaction, success, retention, and graduation. 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.
When students decide to register for FYE, they do so by selecting a block of courses and filling 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 bock, 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 can 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 student elects to not participate in FYE, they will register for their first semester courses while attending orientation.
For reference, here are some common examples of FYE blocks:
AP Credit/Transfer Credit/Dual Enrollment
If you already have credit for a course in the block, we will be able to drop the course from the block and add another in its place. Once you have sent your verification to NMU, contact the First Year Experience and we will help you make the switch!
If you are going to participate in the Honors Program at NMU, we will be able to add the appropriate classes to your schedule. Please work with someone from the FYE staff at orientation to add and replace courses for the Honors Program in the block. Click here to learn more about the Honors Program at NMU.
All FYE blocks contain a UN 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;
- Includes 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.
- Study Skills
- Time Management
- Lecture Series
- Study Groups
- Residence Halls
- Student Groups
- Major Selection
- Advising Process