Frequently Asked Questions

About the FYE Program

Registration

About the Blocks

 


 

About the FYE Program

What is FYE?

FYE is a learning community initiative that helps students develop strategies to maximize academic success, become familiar with campus resources, and cultivate positive relationships with faculty and other students. In essence, FYE is designed to help you successfully manage the transition to college.  Learn more here: http://www.nmu.edu/firstyearprograms/node/46.

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Who participates in FYE?

All first-time, full-time freshmen in good standing.  FYE is the way first semester course registration occurs.  Choosing a "block" of courses provides an easy and early way for students to create their first semester schedule. For those students entering on Freshman Probation or through the College Transitions Program, FYE "block" placement will occur during orientation. 

Some academic programs provide an alternative to the FYE "block" learning community.  Please view the "Are there alternatives to FYE?" question for clarification.                                                                                                                                                                           

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Are there alternatives to FYE?

Some academic programs provide an alternative to the FYE “block” learning community.  If you fit in one of the categories listed below, you should contact your academic department about the course registration process.  Click here to view the list of academic departments.

Special Circumstances

Online ONLY students
Part-time students (enrolled in less than 12 credits)
Graduate students
Post-baccalaureate students
Non-traditional students (can opt to participate)
Dual-enrolled students (high school students taking college-level credit at NMU while they are still enrolled is HS; this does NOT exclude students entering NMU with credits earned from dual enrollment)
Transfer students (more than 12 credits earned at a post-secondary institution other than NMU, completed after HS graduation)
Re-entry students (can opt to participate)
Guest Students
Police Academy
Non-degree students
All other non-first-time, non-full-time students (students who have completed 12 credits at NMU AFTER high school graduation, during the summer immediately preceding the fall or winter semesters in which the FYE blocks are required)
 

The Following Associate-Level Programs

Automotive Service Technology
Aviation Maintenance Technology
Climate Control Technology
Computer Numerical Control Technologies
Industrial Maintenance Technology

All Certificate and Diploma Programs

Automotive Service
Aviation Maintenance Technology
Clinical Assistant
Computer Numerical Control Technician
Cosmetology
Geographic Information Systems
Heating and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration
Industrial Maintenance
Office Services
Practical Nursing
Welding
Wildland Firefighting
Electrical Line Technician
Cosmetology Instructor

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Is the First Year Program for a full year?

No. This program is only for the first semester of college. The program is designed to help make a smooth transition into future semesters.

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What do students think about FYE?

We get TONS of feedback about FYE.  Read student testimonials!

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Registration

How do I register for FYE?

First, you must register for Orientation (including paying the orientation registration fee).  As soon as you complete that process, you can proceed to registering for your first semester courses through FYE.  FYE registration opens on March 24, 2014.  You can sign up for Orientation here: https://aditweb3.nmu.edu/orientation/ori_login.php

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When do I register for FYE?

Students sign up for their FYE block immediately after they register for Orientation.  FYE Registration opens up on March 24, 2014.

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Does any course registration occur at Orientation?

Only if your block includes "Choose a Course." When you attend Orientation, you will meet with an adviser in your academic department to choose an additional course.  It is very important that you add a course with your adviser to be considered a full-time student (12 credits or more).  If your block does not include "Choose a Course," you still have to attend Orientation, but your registration will already be taken care of by the First Year Experience Program!

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Can I choose a block outside my major?

That depends.  Some programs require that their majors take their blocks (Art & Design, for instance).  Most of the FYE blocks do not share that requirement.  If you are thinking of taking a block that is not designated for your intended major, it is best to first consult with your academic adviser before making the final decision.

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What if I don't have a major?

We’ve got you covered.  You will likely choose from one of the 15 “General” blocks.  These blocks are designed with flexibility in mind.  They start with a UN 100 course, and a liberal studies course (that counts no matter what major you eventually choose).  From there, you can add courses to the block to “tailor” it to meet your interests.  You will choose those courses with an academic adviser during orientation.

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What if I have more than one major?

You should choose a block that best meets your immediate course needs.  Consider looking for a block that has a "Choose a Course" option so that you are able to add a course from the second major.  If you are not sure what to do, please contact the FYE Office.

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How do I determine if I am admitted in Good Standing, on Freshman Probation, or College Transitions?

This information will be included in your acceptance letter from Northern Michigan University’s Admissions office. If you have questions or need additional information, you can contact the Admissions Office at (906) 227-2650.

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If I am admitted on Freshman Probation or College Transitions, what does that mean?

You will be grouped with students who meet the same criteria and who may need some additional assistance in making their first semester in college a success.  You do not need to sign up for a block; one will be assigned to you with your adviser at orientation.

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What happens if I already have credit for a class that is being offered in the block I want to take? (Advanced Placement, Dual Enrollment, or Transfer Credits?)

We will work with you!  We do not want you to duplicate coursework.  If you have received advanced placement credits and you are still interested in taking a block of courses, we will substitute your advanced placement credit with the next level course, if possible, or you may choose to take a different course entirely.

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When do I take the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?

You SHOULD take the Math Placement Exam before you attend Orientation.  If your FYE block contains a Chemistry or math course, you will need to take the MPE BEFORE signing up for the block.  If your FYE block does not contain a course that requires a math pre-requisite (Chemistry, Math, etc.), you do not need to take the MPE before you register for your block.  You can take it here: http://mathplacement.nmu.edu/mptonline/

 

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Do Honors Program students participate in FYE?

Students electing to participate in the Honors program choose the FYE block that is most appropriate for their academic area of study. Honors students add an honors program course to their FYE block schedule during orientation.  In most cases, the added honors program course replaces an established FYE block course. It is a simple change to the schedule.

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About the Blocks

What is a block?

A block is a group of courses put together for a specific area of study for your first semester.  Signing Up for a 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 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:

CRIMINAL JUSTICE BLOCK EXAMPLE

 

MON

TUE

WED

THU

FRI

8:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

9:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

10:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

11:00 AM

EN 111

EN 111

EN 111

EN 111

 

12:00 AM

 

 

 

 

 

1:00 PM

PS 101

PS 101

PS 101

PS 101

 

2:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

3:00 PM

UN 100

CJ 110

 

CJ 110

 

4:00 PM

 

 

 

 

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!

 

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What are the benefits of taking a block of courses?

You get to reserve your classes BEFORE orientation (when you register for FYE, you are actually registering for your fall class schedule).  You'll get involved with your major department your first semester.  You will participate in a seminar-style UN 100 course, designed to help you transition smoothly to NMU.  That course has a peer teaching assistant to provide a "insider" student perspective.

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My block has a "Choose a Course" in it.  What does that mean?

The “Choose a Course” option allows students to add a course of their choosing to the block during orientation.  This option works well if you need a little more flexibility in your course schedule.  You will add this course during orientation, while meeting with your academic department adviser.

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Can I add a class to the block I am taking?

The option of adding a class to a block of courses is determined by your major. The classes chosen within a block is the recommended load for a first-semester freshman (14 credits).  14 credits provides students with a manageable schedule, allowing for part-time jobs, athletics, and extra-curricular involvement. This can be discussed more thoroughly with a staff member of the First Year Experience Program.

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What happens if I choose a block and then change my major?

It may be possible to switch to a different block that is more suited to your new major.  Please contact us.  If it is not possible to switch your block, the classes that you are enrolled in can also be used towards the liberal studies requirements of your major.

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What is the UN 100 course?

UN 100 is the "core" of the FYE block.  The course examines academic planning, career exploration, skill development, campus and community resources, diversity appreciation, and social and academic expectations.

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What is a UN 100 Teaching Assistant?

Teaching Assistants (TAs) are current undergraduate students that serve as “peer guides” for students in the UN 100 course.  Working alongside the course instructor, TAs provide an experienced student perspective in the classroom. 

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Does the UN 100 course have a textbook?

NO.  In most cases, students are not required to purchase a textbook for UN 100.  Some UN 100 instructors may require a supplemental text related to the academic major.

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How many credits should I take my first semester?

This is a tricky question to answer.  There is no magic number.  To be considered a full-time student, you need to enroll in at least 12 credits.  NMU’s flat-rate tuition allows students to pay the same tuition rate for any amount of credits between 12-18.  Most FYE blocks provide students with 14 credits.  This allows for three academic courses (four credits each) and the two credit UN 100 course.  14 credits provides first-semester students with a manageable schedule so that they can balance academics, campus involvement, work, athletics,  etc.

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