First Year Experience
Welcome to the First Year Experience (FYE) Program at Tri-C
Starting college is a major step, and FYE helps new students start their Tri-C career on the right path. There are four major goals for FYE:
- Connect - You will connect with College personnel, resources, and peers to build a campus community and support system.
- Engage - You will be active in the College community and be responsible for your own learning and development.
- Plan - You will explore your personal and career interests and plot out a course sequence for degree completion. Additionally, you will reflect on what it means to be a student and develop a success plan that will help you balance school and personal demands.
- Succeed - You will acquire the necessary skills, habits and resources to help you achieve your goals.
FYE features a series of activities designed to help students succeed. The program is customized to each student’s individual needs, and may include the following:
- New Student Orientation (NSO) introduces students to Tri-C policies, procedures and resources. Additionally, students receive an individual counseling session, campus tour, and assistance with course selection and registration. Find out more on the Orientation website
- New Student Convocation (ZGEN 1003) is a celebration of the start of students’ Tri-C journey and a formal introduction to the campus community. Students learn about campus life and College expectations, and connect with campus resources, faculty and other students in their programs. Note that ZGEN 1003 and GEN 1070 are co-requisites. Students must register for both courses.
- First Year Success Seminar (GEN 1070) is a one-credit course that develops lifelong learning skills and connects students to College resources. Course topics include time management, budgeting, study skills development, career exploration and more. Students will also develop their academic plan. Note that GEN 1070 and ZGEN 1003 are co-requisites. Students must register for both courses.
- Fast Forward is Tri-C’s foundational learning program. Students who qualify for Fast Forward (based on ACCUPLACER scores) may be required to follow this program before proceeding to future classes. Foundational courses are in math and/or English, and they must be started in the first semester at the College.
- Bridges are intensive courses designed to help students complete their math or English requirements FASTER and with greater SUCCESS! Bridges may be required based on the student’s math and English ACCUPLACER scores.