The focus of the CU Denver First-Year Experiences program is specially-designed courses that provide a welcoming and supportive learning environment for our new degree-seeking students who are starting college for the first time in the fall semester. In any of the FYE courses they choose, 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.

By extending our support beyond the classroom, we connect our new students to the university and help them navigate this new academic world.

For example, you may have trouble understanding some of the language we use, like Registrar or Bursar. It’s the lingo of higher education, our own special vocabulary, and it’s not always easy to translate! That’s why we’ve assembled a lingo cheat sheet for you to reference when you get confused.

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First-Year Experiences (FYE) Programs

So, Which FYE course(s) will you decide to take in your first semester at college? It's up to you!  You’ll choose from among three FYE program options, selecting the one that suits you best—College Success (UNIV 1110/1111), First-Year Seminar, or Learning Communities. Explore all of the choices to learn more about what each program offers and find out which one interests you the most.