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First Year Experience Program

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 well being.

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All FYE events are free and open to the public and to learn more about an event or to participate, please contact FYE at

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

Spring 2020 Course Offerings

PHIL 102-50/CMST 132-50

UNIV 105W-01

UNIV 105W-02

MADT 102

Calendar of Upcoming Events

Book in Common
Lauren E. Oakes, Author's Lecture: In Search of the Canary Tree
April 2, 2020 at 7:30 p.m.
Laxson Auditorium

Town Hall Meeting
April 9, 2020 - location TBD

Chico Great Debate
April 24, 2020 - location TBD

Sense of Place
April 30, 2020 - location TBD