Frequently Asked Questions

General Information About the FYE Program

Course Registration and Block Assignment

About the Blocks

 


 

General Information 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 students are required to participate in FYE. 

Who doesn't participate?  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 FYE for a full year?

No. This program is only for the first semester of college. Subsequent semester schedules are determined by the student in collaboration with their academic adviser.

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What do students think about FYE?

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

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Course Registration and Block Assignment

How does block assignment work?

After a student is admitted to NMU, one of their next steps is to register for an orientation session.  Once a student's orientation registration is confirmed, FYE staff assign them to a block of courses based on their intended academic major. Course registration is finalized during orientation.

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Do I register for FYE?

No.  There is no student registration process for FYE.  FYE staff assign students to blocks after their orientation registration is confirmed (before the students arrive on campus for orientation).   Students finalize their course registration during orientation.

Sign up for Orientation here: https://aditweb3.nmu.edu/orientation/ori_login.php

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How and when do I sign up for FYE?

There is no student "sign up" process for FYE.  FYE staff assign students to blocks after their orientation registration is confirmed (before the students arrive on campus for orientation).  Students finalize their course registration during orientation.

 

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When do I get my course schedule?

Students will be able to view their course schedules during orientation.

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Why do you pre-assign students a course schedule rather than letting them choose their own first-semester courses?

There are a number of reasons we make the block assignments for students: 

  • First-time students are often dissatisfied when given the opportunity to choose their own block/classes--they become overwhelmed with the amount of choices available, confused about which courses choose, and concerned that the choices they make are not ideal.  By removing the choice for students, we relieve the pressure of being responsible for making the "right" choices.
  • Many first-time students are unfamiliar with academic degree requirements, pre-requisite courses, and electives.  We remove the guesswork by providing every first-time full-time student with courses that, in most cases, will meet degree requirements and "count" regardless of whether their major changes or not. 
  • Block schedules are built by academic departments and professional advising staff.  This ensures that students take the most appropriate courses possible.

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Does any course registration occur at Orientation?

Yes, course registration is finalized during orientation.  About half of all FYE blocks include a "Choose a Course" option.  In that case, you will meet with an adviser during orientation 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 you do not attend your orientation session, you will be removed from your assigned block courses.

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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 would like to be assigned to a block that is not for your designated major, it is your responsibility to contact the FYE office before attending orientation to make that request: (906) 227-1700. 

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What if I don't have a major?

We’ve got you covered.  You will be assigned to one of the “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 will be assigned a block based on your primary major.  Questions?  Contact FYE at (906) 227-1700.

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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 will be assigned a block after completing the COMPASS assessment.  That assessment is administered during orientation.

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What happens if I already have credit for a class that is being offered in the block I am assigned? (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 credit of some sort, our general practice is to remove that duplicate class from your block schedule.  You then work with your adviser to add an appropriate substitution.

NOTE: If we receive AP credit scores for you after you've attended orientation, we will AUTOMATICALLY adjust your schedule.  This means that we will remove the course from your schedule for which you have earned AP credit.  In the event that we modify your course schedule, we will contact you to help you understand your next steps.  Generally speaking, you will add a different course to your schedule after consulting with your academic adviser.

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

You SHOULD take the Math Placement Exam before you attend Orientation.  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 are assigned an FYE block based on their intended academic major.  It is common for Honors students to 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. 

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About the Blocks

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.  FYE block schedules are developed and reviewed 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:

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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How do I know that my block contains the courses I need?

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.  FYE blocks schedules are developed and reviewed in consultation with academic departments and professional advising staff.

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What are the benefits of taking a block of courses?

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. FYE is designed to help all first-time full-time students successfully manage the transition to college.  To facilitate this, students are registered in “blocks” of courses related to their academic major.  Each block contains a UN 100 Freshman Seminar course.  In most cases, students share the same course schedule with about 20 other students in their UN 100 course; they have an immediate cohort of peers for study groups and getting connected to campus.

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

The “Choose a Course” allows students to add a course of their choosing to the block during orientation.  About half of all FYE blocks have this option.  You will add this course during orientation, while meeting with your academic department adviser.

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Can I add a class to my block?

In most cases, yes.  You will make that determination while meeting with your academic adviser during orientation.

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

It is your responsibility to contact FYE before attending orientation!  FYE is the only office that can change your block assignment.  It is very likely that a change in major will result in a change to your assigned block, so it is important that you communicate that change so that we can place you in appropriate courses.

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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.  Many 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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