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First-Year Experience

Overview of FYE 101.

The First-Year Experience offers an extended orientation to the Central Michigan University environment. FYE 101 is a one-credit-hour course forming the academic portion of that experience. Students learn the value of a liberal arts education and are introduced to the academic expectations of the university. The primary goals of FYE 101 are to 1) Increase understanding of higher education processes and principles that guide student development, 2) Empower students to promote their own academic and personal growth, and 3) Engage students in the diverse intellectual and civic endeavors within the university and larger community. It is our intent that your participation in a First-Year Experience will lead to a more positive college experience ultimately leading to timely graduation. Students who participate in a First-Year Experience are more likely to feel confident, have clear educational goals, know campus resources, feel more comfortable with diversity, and have the skills to solve class or academic problems than other students.

Structure of FYE 101

Students enrolled in FYE 101 meet weekly with an instructor and other first-year students in a small group. Students engage in discussions, inquiries, and explorations related to higher education and student growth. They develop strategies for both a successful and meaningful college experience. Concepts are introduced through active and experiential learning leading to an exploration of services, programs, ideas and resources available at Central Michigan University. FYE 101 sections meet for the full sixteen-week semester.

Instructors Who Teach FYE 101

Highly qualified and experienced CMU instructors teach each student enrolling in FYE 101. FYE 101 instructors are specifically recruited from various university programs based on their commitment to helping students. These are experienced educators with successful records of quality teaching and a genuine commitment to each student’s success.

Enrollment in FYE 101

For the 2021-2022 academic year, only a few special sections of the course are being offered. These sections are listed in the Course Search with an indication of the prerequisites for enrollment, which may include status as a student athlete, student in the EHS residential community, Multicultural Advancement and Lloyd M. Cofer (MAC) Scholars, and students involved in Pathways. Since FYE 101 courses are open only to students enrolling for the first time at CMU, all students will have an opportunity during Orientation to discuss whether enrollment in a special section of FYE 101 is the best direction.