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First Year Experience

New students face many challenges when making the transition to university life. CSU's First Year Experience® Program is designed to help smooth this transition. The components listed below are intended to assist new students in building a foundation for academic success while promoting social, cultural and personal development. Among the programs and events CSU offers to first year students are the following:

  • Cougar Kickoff
  • First Year Common Reading
  • First Year Convocation
  • First Year Learning Communities
  • First Year Seminar (FYRS 1105)
  • LEAD 1705
  • ITDS 1779H
  • First Year Orientation

All entering freshmen must satisfy the First Year Experience requirement by enrolling in a Learning Community (FRLC 1116 ), the First Year Seminar (FYRS 1105), ITDS 1779H, or LEAD 1705 before they reach sophomore status (30 credit hours). Transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours must have transferable credit from another institution in order to be exempt from this requirement.

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