Common Questions

Common Questions

What benefits will you receive as a FYS student enrolled in FYE 2100?

  • Get to know your campus!
  • Find out how to get through your first year of college and beyond!
  • Learn what it takes to be a successful college student!
  • Develop friendships with current students, staff, and faculty right away!

What did past year's FYS students say about the course?

  • “Being able to bond with other freshmen my first semester. The social aspect was the best. It allowed us to share our experiences and get used to the [college] setting much better.”
  • “I feel that I would not be where I am today if it had not been for the First-Year Experience Program, particularly because of Fall Welcome and the FYS class…I am so glad I took part in it. I would definitely recommend it to anyone!”
  • “Connecting with other students helped to establish meaningful friendships as well as gave me the skills and tools to adjust to the college lifestyle.”

Is a textbook required for the First-Year Seminar?

Yes, a textbook is required that is specifically designed for new and transfer students. The textbook addresses topics that are common to first-year students of a major university.

What is a co-curricular activity?

A co-curricular activity is an experience that takes learning outside of the classroom. Co-curricular activities vary from year to year. The activities and events will concentrate on such subjects as: community service, cultural diversity, health and wellness, athletics, campus involvement, or the arts.

This experience gives students the opportunity to form connections outside of the classroom and introduces students to various topics and messages critical to the start of their college careers.

What student qualifies for the First-Year Seminar?

The course is open to all new or transfer students.

NOTE: Students in the following departments/colleges will be participating in the seminar as part of their experience and will, therefore, have to register for the course.

  • Exploratory (undecided major)
  • TRIO Student Success Program
  • Alpha Program
  • Seita Scholars
  • Kalamazoo Promise

How does the First-Year Seminar work during Fall Welcome week?

  • Seminar students enroll in the two-credit hour seminar during New Student Orientation and participate in planned FYS programs and activities during Fall Welcome.
  • Students enrolled in FYE 2100 - First-Year Seminar move in on the first day of Fall Welcome.
  • All FYS students attend a kick-off event on day two of Fall Welcome.
  • During Fall Welcome week FYS students hangout with their FYS classmates and participate in programming exclusive to seminar students.

First-Year Experience
Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5263 USA
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