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First-Year Experience

  • student ready
  • determined student
  • inspired teachers


What is First-Year Experience?

FYE-2100 is an intensive, highly interactive course that empowers students making the transition from high school to college. This two-credit hour course introduces the excitement of intellectual inquiry, personal discovery, and the university campus culture. Facilitated by an instructor and a student leader, it is designed to unite a new community of WMU students through shared experiences that support holistic wellness. Talk to your academic advisor to register for FYE 2100 this fall!


Common Read

Common Read

Each year, all FYE students read a book designed to promote open, honest and thought-provoking discussions related to personal growth and development and overcoming obstacles. This year’s common read is “Ink Knows No Borders: Poems of the Immigrant and Refugee Experience,” edited by Patrice Vecchione and Alyssa Raymond.

What are students saying about FYE?

  • "I talked to my co-facilitator a lot this semester and she has helped me tremendously with my switch to Western. She has helped me with choosing my classes for next semester. She has also shown me many on-campus opportunities such as jobs and even being a FYE co-facilitator myself."

  • "My instructor did a great job of just connecting and interacting to our class, even dealing with COVID-19. She really pushed for our class to be in person both days, and was always attentive, helpful, has great advice and a very kind and caring person. I gained a lot more confidence in her class."

  • "She integrated a lot of activities that were actually meaningful and exciting to work on. She gave us practical assignments and not busy work, and I really like how she structured our class and as I would consider her a great friend after taking her class. Going to FYE is my favorite part of my day."

  • "I really loved how this class was an open space to make friends and connections and the main focus was on us/what we needed, not strictly on the syllabus/schedule."