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.

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