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Fullerton First Year

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Are you looking to gain leadership skills and opportunities to get involved at Cal State Fullerton?

Then our Fullerton First Year (FFY) learning community is the best choice for you!

FFY is our largest learning community but it connects students to a small, close knit community here on campus. It is designed to be an academic year-long experience (fall and spring semesters) for first-time freshmen. By participating in this learning community you will be encouraged to pursue campus involvement opportunities and gain leadership development skills for college and beyond!

Why join this learning community?

  • Stay on-track with support from our freshman-friendly faculty, advisers, professional staff and peer mentors; as well as other department services
  • Graduate on time with academic coaching and 4-year graduation planning
  • Learn information literacy and library research skills 
  • Be mentored by an upper-division student
  • Participate in service learning with peers
  • Make new lifelong friendships

What I can look forward to?

  • Get the right start with University Studies 100
  • Define and develop personal leadership skills
  • Learn how to utilize university resources to get the most from college academic and campus life
  • Gain knowledge of the range of academic and student support services, clubs and organizations available to help you meet your goals (i.e. Freshman Programs Student Association)
  • Meet other students in the Freshman Programs computer and study areas called the Lava Lounge
  • Attend academic field trips in the fall and spring semesters which are FREE for Freshman Program students!
  • Live on campus and extend your learning community experience by participating in the First Year Connection located in Pine Residence Hall

My First-Year-In-Review

Below you find a snapshot of the courses you might take within the Fullerton First Year learning community. There are some majors that require specific courses as well as Early Start Program requirements which may alter this schedule. Rest assured that we will advise each student based on their circumstances.

Fall Semester
Course Name Units
University Studies 100 3 units
English or Human Communications 3 units
Math 3 - 5 units
Linked GE course 3 units

Examples of possible Linked
General Education (GE) Courses:

  • Geology 101 (3 units) and
    Geology 101L (1 unit)
  • Art 101 (3 units)
  • Comparative Religion 110 (3 units)
Spring Semester
Course Name Units
Course from Major/GE course 3 units
English or Human Communications 3 units
Math (if required by major) 3 - 5 units
Linked GE course 3 units

Examples of possible Linked
General Education (GE) Courses:

  • Liberal Studies 100 (3 units)
  • Sociology 101 (3 units)

It's Easy to Apply!

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Be admitted to CSUF as a first-time freshman student (college transfer students are not eligible). Contact the Office of Admission and Records with admissions questions, 657.278.7601.

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Complete the online Application today. First consideration will be given to students who apply by May 1.  Applications will be accepted until all spaces in the program are filled. You may also contact Freshman Programs by email at freshmanprograms1@fullerton.edu or visit our office in Langsdorf Hall (LH) 216.

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All incoming freshman students must attend New Student Orientation (NSO). To join Freshman Programs, students are required to attend NSO on June 11 or June 21. Please visit http://www.fullerton.edu/orientation for NSO registration information.