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Office of Undergraduate Experiences

First-Year Seminar Program

First-Year Experience


The First-Year Experience (FYE) is a comprehensive approach to ensure that first-year students at CU Denver make a successful transition to college.  To assist with this transition, the university offers the First-Year Seminar (FYS) program and numerous engagement activities. FYS courses are optional classes specially designed to assist first-year students in improving their retention, boosting their confidence, and facilitating the transition from high school to college. In tandem with taking an FYS course, first-year students participate in engagement activities such as academic skill workshops and campus social events. Such activities and experiences are an integral part of a successful transition to CU Denver.

Through participation in the First-Year Experience, CU Denver has the following primary goals for its first-year students:

  • Become actively engaged with the CU Denver community
  • Develop relationships with peers, faculty, and staff members 
  • Demonstrate high levels of academic performance 
  • Develop strong academic and professional skills that last a lifetime

We know that, with your participation, these goals can be a reality for all first-year students at CU Denver!

To register for your FYS course:
New freshmen are able to sign up for an FYS course during the registration section of New Student Orientation. FYS staff will be present at Orientation to answer questions and distribute FYS course brochures.

Please contact the Office of Undergraduate Experiences if you have further questions.
Office of Undergraduate Experiences

Phone: 303-315-2133 • Fax: 303-315-5829

Street Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Ste 1400

Denver, CO 80204


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