First-Year Experience

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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FYE's U-Courses

Fall 2024 U-Courses:
  • UNIV 101 - Introduction to University Life - embedded PALs; Public Sphere Pedagogy; Undeclared Student Support
    • Section 03 - 4400 T/Th 11-12:15pm
    • Section 04 - 4401 M/W 9:30-10:45am
  • JOUR 130 - Writing for Public Audiences - embedded PALs; Public Sphere Pedagogy; Undergraduate Research
    • Section 09 - 2396 T/Th 1-1:50pm
  • CMST 132 - Small Group Communication - embedded PALs; Public Sphere Pedagogy; Undergraduate Research
    • Section 50 - 2218 T/Th 2-3:25pm
  • POLS 155 - American Government: National, State, and Local - Public Sphere Pedagogy; Undergraduate Research
    • Section 01 - 4809 M/W 10-10:50am
      • PLUS one breakout Section between 02 and 10
    • Section 30 - 1594 T/Th 9:30-10:45am
    • Section 31 - 1605 T/Th 11-12:15pm

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!