First Year Experience

First Year Experience (FYE) Program

FYE is designed as a shared learning experience for first year students to help successfully manage the transition to college and to help set a solid path towards degree completion.  The goals of the program are to help students: 1) develop strategies to maximize academic success; 2) become familiar with campus resources; and 3) cultivate positive relationships with faculty, university staff and other students.

All first-time, full-time undergraduate students are required to participate in FYE, with some exceptions, including Global Campus (online only), part-time, transfer, non-degree, certificate, diploma, and the following associate degree students: Automotive Service Technology, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Climate Control Technology, Computer Numerical Control Technologies, and Industrial Maintenance Technology.

The goals of FYE are met through the delivery of two main components: a blocked schedule approach and successfully completing the modules of the FYE Online Tutorial.  Both components are required as part of the FYE Program.

FYE Blocked Schedule or “Blocks”

FYE blocks are pre-built course schedules for the initial semester of enrollment that are related to a student’s academic major.  Approximately 20-25 students are assigned to a single block and enrolled in the same courses.  Major courses and general education courses are included in each block.  The blocks are developed in consultation with academic departments and professional advising staff and are intended to allow students to easily make acquaintances, form study groups, share notes, etc.

FYE staff assign students to blocks after their orientation registration is confirmed and usually before students arrive on campus for orientation.  The blocks and the courses therein are finalized during orientation after meeting with the assigned academic adviser.  Blocks are full-time, complete schedules.

NOTE:  Substituting courses within a block is typically not allowed; to change courses within a block defeats the purpose behind a blocked schedule, namely, a shared learning experience.  That being said, it is still sometimes necessary to substitute courses, with FYE staff and adviser approval, for coursework completed elsewhere, advanced placement credit, etc.

Sample FYE Block

The following is a sample block for a criminal justice major and includes a description of why the particular courses were selected for the block.  The sample depicts a typical block of 16 total credit hours.

Course ID

Course Name (Credit Hours)



Introduction to Criminal Justice (4)

Required first course in major.


College Composition I (4)

Meets the first portion of the Written English Competency requirement for graduation; meets one of two required courses in Effective Communication component of the General Education Program.


Introduction to Psychological Science (4)

Recommended by Criminal Justice department; meets one of two required courses in Scientific Inquiry component of General Education Program.


Anthropology (4)

Meets the first portion of the Social Responsibility in Diverse World requirement for graduation; meets the World Cultures course component of the General Education Program

FYE Mission Statement

The mission of the First Year Experience (FYE) Program is to enhance student satisfaction, persistence, and success.  Through various programs, FYE staff 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.