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Do you feel like there are so many majors and you have too many interests? Or maybe you just need a little guidance in defining the specific major you think best matches your career goals.

If so, our Compass learning community can lead you in the right direction to find your future career path!

The Compass learning community is an academic year-long experience (fall and spring semesters) designed for those who have not yet declared a major, or declared students who want to explore career options.  By participating in this learning community you will explore careers and majors and get assistance with charting an academic and career path just right for you!

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
  • Access to 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 can I look forward to?

  • Get the right start with University Studies 100
  • Explore your academic strengths and personal goals
  • Learn majors that match your personal and professional interests through self-discovery tools offered through the Career Center and Academic Advising Center
  • Meet other students in the Freshman Programs computer and study areas called the Lava Lounge
  • Gain knowledge of the range of academic and student support services, clubs and organizations available to help you meet your goals (i.e. Freshman Student Association)
  • Attend academic field trips in the fall and spring semesters which are FREE for First Year Experience 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 Compass 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 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!


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.


Complete the online Application beginning March 1, 2016. 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 FYE by email at 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 FYE, students are required to attend NSO. Please visit for NSO registration information.