First-Year Experience Program

The First-Year Experience Program at CSU, Chico is designed to help entering students make a successful transition to college life by offering unique classes and out-of-classroom experiences. Our program emphasizes academic and civic engagement, and social well-being.

We support students through varied means, including:

  • Courses that take students' transitioning processes into account
  • Public sphere events where students and their course work are "center stage"
  • Various events inspired by the campus and community Book in Common Program
  • A vibrant mentoring program that connects first-year students with knowledgeable sophomores, juniors, and seniors
  • Participation in local research on first-year students to make sure our programs help students transition to college life

Outcomes include increased civic and academic engagement, sense of belonging and psychosocial wellbeing.  For more information on assessment and funding, visit our Program Portfolio page.

Calendar of Fall 2018 Events

The Chico Great Debate
October 26, 2018
CSU, Chico campus

The CSU, Chico Town Hall Meeting
November 15, 2018
CSU Chico, Bell Memorial Union Auditorium

Sense of Place Symposium
December 11, 2018
CSU Chico, Colusa Hall

Community Action Planning (CAP) Talks
December 5, 2018
5:30-8:30 p.m.
CSU Chico, Colusa Hall

All FYE events are free and open to the public.

To learn more about an event or to participate, please contact FYE at

Please browse our website for more information, and feel free to contact us if we can be of help in any way!