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First Year Experience Program Office

1104 University Center

Phone: 906-227-1700

Fax: 906-227-1714




Web site:


Program Coordinator

Susan M. VerDuin


Undergraduate Bulletin


First Year Experience Program


What is the First Year Experience Program?

The First Year Experience Program (FYE) was established in 1995 as a beneficial program designed to focus on first-year students as they make the transition from high school to college. The program provides academic support for classes, knowledge about campus and community resources, and helps students develop a social peer network and positive relationships with faculty and staff.


Who is FYE for?

The First Year Experience program is open to most first-time freshmen who want to further their academic career.


The Block

When you choose to participate in FYE, you pre-register prior to arriving on campus for a "block" of courses. FYE offers several major-specific blocks as well as blocks for undeclared students that focus on career planning. In your block, you will have the same classes and professors as the other students in your group. This offers you an excellent opportunity to develop friendships, form study groups, and experience courses with others who are pursuing similar academic interests.


UN 100: Freshman Seminar

The freshman seminar course featured in the blocks is designed to introduce new students to college life and expectations. Class sections are small, focus on discussions, and include a variety of activities. The UN 100 course is co-taught by a faculty member and a teaching intern, who is a junior or senior. UN 100 is a two-credit elective course that counts toward graduation, grade point average, and financial aid. Students who participate in FYE generally earn higher GPA’s and continue their university studies at a higher rate.


Block Offering

The most current listing can be found on the FYE Web page at


Signing Up

After reviewing the blocks being offered a student can register three different ways.

  1. Complete the registration form found on the list of blocks that was mailed to you and return it to the FYE office.

  2. Call the FYE office at 906-227-2370.

  3. Sign up via the Web by using the secure registration page at

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Last Updated: Monday, August 18, 2003