Since 1997, First Year Experience (formerly Freshman Programs) has provided curriculum and services to support first-year students’ successful transition to higher education at Cal State Fullerton.

The University is a lot bigger and more diverse than a high school campus. First Year Experience offers a community of students, professors, advisors, professional staff and peer mentors to help first-year students make new friends and make the most of the college experience. This community will help students find what they need, whether it’s a place on campus to chill or tips to improve writing or time management skills. To help new students become a part of the campus community, we introduce them to student clubs, leadership and service opportunities, recreation programs and athletic events. The First Year Experience office provides general advising, and a computer lab and study lounge where students can work or just hang out.

Our community can be your family at Cal State Fullerton. Get the best start you can at Cal State Fullerton by participating in First Year Experience!


  • Tuesday, April 4; 5-8 p.m.
    FYE End of the Year Celebration
  • Saturday, April 22; 8 a.m.-1 p.m.
    Welcome to Fullerton Day