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First Year Experiences

Welcome to CU Denver!

First-Year Experience (FYE) courses at CU Denver are designed to provide a welcoming and supportive learning environment for our new students.  In all FYE courses, first-year students acclimate to the rigors of college-level work, engage in the active social and intellectual life of our campus, work closely with faculty and peer leaders, and make close friends and study partners.  

We have three FYE programs available:



​The name says it all! This course is designed to ease your transition to CU and make your first semester the best it can be. Join 19 of your soon-to-be BFFs and share this new adventure together!

  • 20 students max
  • Prep for four years of college success
  • Build your skills 
  • Get on-campus connected 
  • Most classes meet 1 hour per week




​FYS courses have it all – the best faculty, interesting topics, fun events, and the support of the whole campus. Each FYS course is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity – only available your first semester! Don’t miss out. Study cool things with cool people. You know you want to.

  • Passionate faculty
  • Unique content
  • Campus involvement  
  • Core credit




​Learning Communities are double the fun! Our LCs include two courses that are linked together (gotta sign up for both!). The professors tag team to deliver a class experience that goes beyond the classroom with interdisciplinary themes, shared assignments, and a fun field trip. But the best part of all is the bond with your classmates from spending all that quality time together.

  • Two paired courses
  • Connectuions between classes
  • Build-in community 
  • Lots of options 


 Office of Undergraduate Expereinces

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

Street Address: 1380 Lawrence Street, Ste. 1400

Denver, CO 80204


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