First-Year Seminars (FYS) and Transfer Seminars are one of the options CU Denver offers through First-Year Experiences to help first-year students and transfer students successfully transition into university life. Courses in the First-Year Seminar (FYS) and Transfer Seminar program offer a wide range of benefits to first-year and transfer students entering their first fall semester at CU Denver. They are content-based and taught by faculty dedicated to your success.
FYS and Transfer Seminar faculty members integrate academic skills into their courses to help you become more successful in your academic career. FYS and Transfer Seminar classes are limited to 26 students, which creates an environment for strong interaction between you and your professor, who also doubles a mentor for your first semester of college. Additionally, FYS and Transfer Seminar courses introduce students to and engage them in CU Denver's vast student resources. Overall, we find that FYS and Transfer Seminar students experience a higher overall satisfaction with the time they spend at the university.
Students are encouraged to take an FYS or Transfer Seminar course outside of their major in order to receive Core credit. While the FYS and Transfer courses are not free like the UNIV College Success courses, students will receive three credits towards a required Core Area required for their major. Check below for details on receiving Core credit and to see what fits you best. You can also read the FYE Guide to get more information on courses and learning communities. Keep in mind that students can only take one FYS or Transfer Seminar course.
New freshmen first-year students and new first-time transfer students are able to sign up for an FYS or Transfer Seminar course during the registration section of New Student Orientation. FYE staff will be present at orientation to answer your questions and distribute FYE course brochures.
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