General Information About the FYE Program
- What is FYE?
- Who participates in FYE?
- Are there exemptions to FYE?
- Is FYE for a full year?
- What do students think about FYE?
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.
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.
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.
The Following Associate-Level Programs
All Certificate and Diploma Programs
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.
What do students think about FYE?
We get TONS of feedback about FYE. Read student testimonials!
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.
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://aditweb.nmu.edu/orientation/ori_login.php.
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.
When do I get my course schedule?
Students will be able to view their course schedules during orientation.
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.
Does any course registration occur at Orientation?
Most students will find that their courses are complete once they arrive at orientation. If for some reason they believe that there is an error or problem with their schedule, they will be able to work with an adviser. For instance, if they have credit for a course that is within the block, the adviser will be able to accomodate them.
If you do not attend your orientation session, you will be removed from your assigned block courses.
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.
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. The UN100 course will provide you will resources to help you discover majors that might be the right fit for you. The other courses in the block are liberal studies courses that will go toward graduation, regardless of whichever major you choose. We make sure to choose these courses thoughtfully so that they will not limit you down the road.
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.
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.
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.
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, you will work with your academic adviser to add an appropriate substitution.
NOTE: If we receive AP credit scores for you after you've attended orientation, you should contact your academic adviser directly. Generally speaking, you will add a different course to your schedule after consulting with your academic adviser.
When do I take the Math Placement Exam (MPE)?
The math placement exam is taken during orientation by traditional students coming straight from high school and all others who are attending an in-person orientation session.
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.
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 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.
What are these courses and why am I taking them?
Typically, first semester students in FYE blocks take between 12 and 16 credits. Your block will contain a combination of different courses:
- UN 100: Every FYE block contains a UN 100 course. It is the “core” of the block. Learn more here.
- Major Courses: Courses that fulfill requirements in your academic major. If appropriate, your block will contain a course form your major. For example, if you are a Biology major, your FYE block will have either a BI 111 or BI 112 course.
- Liberal Studies Courses: Courses that fulfill graduation requirements. For example, every student earning a baccalaureate degree at NMU must complete EN 111.
- Variable: These are courses that you may/may not add to your block schedule. If you do add courses to your schedule, you will do so with your academic adviser during orientation. Common examples: Math courses for Business majors, Chemistry courses for CLS majors, a liberal studies course for students who have yet to decide on their major.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.