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 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
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.
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. Complete details are included in the Fall 2020 FYE Guide.
The name says everything! This course is designed to ease your transition to CU Denver and make your first semester the best it can be by learning the ins and outs of college life. Join 19 of your soon-to-be BFFs and share in his new adventure together!
FYS courses have it all - the best faculty, interesting topics, fun events, and the supports of the whole campus. Each FYS course is a unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity - only available your first semester! Don’t miss out.
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.
Apply early. Space is limited! Get started on your college experience with summer school like you’ve never known it before. No tuition. No fees. Plus you get an RTD Pass and can use the Lola & Rob Salazar Student Wellness Center for free. Lynx Summer Academy gives first-year students who are starting in the fall the chance to take four credit hours and get a jump on their educational journey.