First-Year Experience


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About PALs

FYE offers students an opportunity to mentor first-year students: 

Peer Academic Leaders: 

  • A PAL is a more-experienced peer who is trained to be: 
    • An active facilitator of learning in the classroom by encouraging students to participate, providing feedback, and guiding students through activities 
    • A builder of community within student teams by leading icebreakers and community building activities and by maintaining a team-mindset 
    • A resource guide for students who are new to campus and may not know all that Chico State has to offer
    • A role model as a successful college student who engages with the material and utilizes time management systems and resources on campus

The U-Course PALs support first-year students in the new U-Course and UNIV 101 curriculum. They are present during every class session as well as outside of class to offer extra assistance.

Students interested in a paid position must first enroll in UNIV 202 in the spring prior to employment as a PAL.

For more information, contact Dani Fernandez at