About the Office of First Year Experience

Success at Cal State Fullerton begins by having a positive transition toward academics and campus involvement. OFYE connects first year students who are undeclared to a community of first year-focused faculty, professional staff, and peer mentors who will serve as partners in helping navigate the campus and connecting OFYE students to the Titan experience, both academically and socially. At Cal State Fullerton, we believe we are partners in your education. If you are still undecided about your major, in other words an “undeclared” student, know that you are not alone. In OFYE, our staff work in partnership with the Academic Advisement Center and all colleges across our campus to help you explore and ultimately declare your major.

OFYE also offers academic coaching, early probation alert intervention, community-based learning, academic and student success programming through OFYE and through campus involvement/activities. The OFYE Lava Lounge provides a space to meet friends or study with access to computers and printing.

For students who want to live on campus, OFYE students have the option of choosing the First Year Connection in Pine Residence Hall as their themed living-learning community. First Year Connection offers students all of the regular benefits of OFYE, plus classes and a resource center with study space, social and informational programs, and other fun activities.

 

MISSION

The Office of First Year Experience at California State University, Fullerton, promotes college success by providing learning communities designed to ensure first-year students' successful transition from high school to higher education. Our curriculum and services create a foundation for academic achievement, campus involvement and community engagement. First Year Experience challenges students to develop as individuals, scholars and citizens and to become life-long learners prepared for leadership roles in a diverse, global society.

Goals

I. Academic Success

First Year Experience promotes academic success through our first-year seminar University Studies 100: Foundations for College Success and Lifelong Learning and Self-Development, (which satisfies General Education (GE) Area E:  Life-Long Learning and Self-Development) , advising services, early alert probation program, common core readings, and other activities designed to provide new students with everything they need for the best possible start to college life.

II. Campus Involvement

To encourage campus involvement, First Year Experience partners with Student Affairs to introduce students to the range of clubs, organizations and other co-curricular learning opportunities available at Cal State Fullerton. We also sponsor the Freshman Student Association (FSA) where first-year students can exercise leadership, plan events, serve the campus and community, and make new friends.

III. Community Engagement

All First Year Experience students have an opportunity to take their classroom learning and apply it in a community-based setting. Students gain hands-on knowledge as well as an appreciation of how education makes a positive difference for both the individual and society.