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First Year Experience Program

Welcome to FYE

Your first year at Chico State is an exciting time, and can be a bit overwhelming! To support your transition, First-Year Experience courses incorporate High Impact Practices, proven to provide the most benefit to college students of all backgrounds, including higher grade point averages, and higher student satisfaction with their education. These first-year courses fulfill general education (GE) graduation requirements and help students explore their identity and interests, develop successful skills and habits, and make close connections to peers and faculty. They include collaborative and active learning, peer support and engagement with public issues that challenge students to get involved immediately, not eventually, as scholars and engaged members of the community.

Research clearly shows that students who become active and engaged members of the university community in their first year are more likely to make it to graduation than students who do not.

Which First-Year Experience Will You Choose?

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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!


Upcoming Events

Virtual Book in Common
Date - TBD

Virtual Town Hall Meeting
Date - TBD

Virtual Sense of Place
Date - Thursday, May 6, 2021

Virtual Chico Great Debate 
Date - Thursday, May 13, 2021


Fall 2021 Course Offerings


Project-based courses with embedded peer mentors. Build social connections and academic success! 

CMST 132-50/PHIL 102-50

RELS 180-50/ENG 130-50 (6 units).

SCED 102-51/ENG 130-51 (6 units).

HIST 130-50

HIST 130-51 

Transfer Connection Courses:

Upper Division GE courses with virtual peer meetups to help you get to know other students, the campus and explore your major and career interests

ENG 330W- 60 (5150)/RHPM 399-60 Online Asynchronous

POLS 365W-60 (1523)/RHPM 399-60 Online Asynchronous

PSYC 391-60 (1727)/RHPM 399-60 TR 9:30-1:45am

Public Sphere Pedagogy courses:

Town Hall Meeting (various POLS 155 Sections, see course schedule(opens in new window))
Chico Great Debate (CMST 131)