First-Year Experience

  • student ready


  • determined student
  • inspired teachers

What is first-year experience?

More than ever before, we recognize the power of community, the need for connection, and the critical importance of understanding how wellness impacts success. With this in mind, the Office of Student Transitions has intentionally redesigned First-Year Experience (FYE-2100) for Fall 2020 with a new wellness-centered curriculum. FYE-2100 is an intensive, highly interactive, course curriculum that empowers students in making the transition from high school to college and introduces them to the excitement of intellectual inquiry, personal discovery, and the university campus culture. This two credit-hour course led by an instructor, and co-facilitated by a student leader, is designed to unite a cohort of new WMU students by providing shared experiential learning opportunities that supports individual and collective student wellness.

After active participation in the FYE 2100 course students will be able to:

  • Employ strategies for a successful transition to college
  • Explain the culture and expectations at Western Michigan University
  • Recognize WMU’s commitment to uphold values of diversity, equity, and inclusion
  • Develop strategies to meet their own physical, financial, social, spiritual, emotional, intellectual, occupational and environmental wellness needs


what are students saying about fye?

FYE was almost like my saving grace. I tried to figure things out on my own when I first arrived at Western, but I was making big mistakes with my life and it left me feeling down, and not sure how to move forward on the dreams that I developed before coming to Western. I could look forward to going to FYE every Tuesday and Thursday, and I developed friendships within that class of 20 or so that I simply could not make in huge lecture hall. It opened my world to new experiences.

I think the best part of this class would be the lasting affect it has on you even when it’s all said and done. I still talk to my co-facilitator whenever I am uncertain about something, and sometimes we just talk to catch up. I could go on and on about how much she, and this class, has helped me through my first year of college, and I have a ton of stories and memories that came out of it.  

Wyatt Cupp - Junior