Frequently Asked Questions
- What does Freshman Programs offer for first-year students at Cal State Fullerton?
- What are the requirements for joining Freshman Programs?
- How do I join Freshman Programs?
- How do I choose a Freshman Programs Learning Community?
- Does it cost anything to join Freshman Programs?
- Do I receive academic credit toward graduation?
- What are the benefits of joining Freshman Programs?
- What is University Studies 100?
- Is University Studies 100 Required?
- Can I drop one of my Freshman Programs learning community courses?
- What should I do if I have more questions about Freshman Programs?
- Additional FAQs
Freshman Programs provides learning communities that include curriculum and services designed to support students' transition from high school studies to college life. We offer a first-year student success course--Foundations for College Success and Lifelong Learning--and pre-reserved seats in English, Human Communication, Mathematics and other popular general education courses. In addition Freshman Programs offers student participants general advising, study space and computers in our Lava Lounge, learning community trips, early probation alert intervention, community-based learning, and membership and leadership opportunities in the Freshman Programs Student Association (FPSA). Freshman Programs promotes college success through academic achievement, campus involvement and community engagement.
Any admitted first-year student at Cal State Fullerton may apply to join Freshman Programs. There is no gpa or other requirement. Students are accepted to our learning communities on a first come-first served basis, so be sure to apply early to make sure you get a spot!
Review the learning communities on our website, chose the one that is right for you, and submit an online application. Applications are accepted from mid-February to May 1. Register and attend the Freshman Programs New Student Orientation Session in June. Then get ready to have a great first year!
Each learning community has a particular theme. Some focus on aspects of university experience and others on a major or career path. Review the learning community descriptions and choose the focus that is the best match for you.
No. Freshman Programs has the full support of both Academic and Student Affairs, and thus no extra cost to you.
Yes! University Studies 100 and our linked courses satisfy general education or elective requirements.
Students who participate in a learning community are more likely to succeed and graduate! As a participant you will…
- Meet other first-year students who share your academic, personal, and social goals at Cal State Fullerton
- Meet dedicated faculty and staff members who work as a team to offer a network of support during your first year
- Receive reserved seats in courses linked to the learning community of your choice while helping you meet graduation requirements
- Receive advisement in deciding courses for your first two semesters
- Enhance your learning by participating in educational trips
- Gain hands-on learning experiences by applying your classroom knowledge in a community- based setting
Yes. University Studies 100: Foundations for College Success and Lifelong Learning is required to be a part of our learning community program. In this small freshman success course, students learn together how to navigate the university and succeed in college. College classes require students to think critically and to learn on their own. In University Studies 100 you will learn how to form study groups, how to study efficiently and effectively, how to utilize the university's resources, and much more.
University Studies 100 is a small freshman success class for first-time freshman students to support their transition from high school to university experience. The class is taught by a faculty member supported by a student services professional and a peer mentor. First-year students make new friends, develop close relationships with professors and professional staff, and learn from the example of a successful 3rd or 4th year undergraduate. University Studies 100 coursework includes critical thinking, time management, library competence, introduction to campus resources, and other topics necessary for academic success and lifelong learning. Depending on the particular learning community, University Studies 100 is offered for 1, 2 or 3 units in the fall and/or spring semester.
When you join Freshman Programs, you agree to enroll in courses linked to the learning community in exchange for the extra opportunities and benefits that come with the learning community experience. If you are concerned about one or more courses in a Freshman Programs learning community, consult an advisor to evaluate other options.
Contact the Freshman Programs office at (657) 278-3709 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are located in Langsdorf Hall (LH) 216.