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First Year Experience

Taking Your First Steps

The First Year Experience (FYE) is a learning community designed to smoothly transition first-year students into college life. Getting adapted to college can be difficult, as your freshman year is not grade 13. You must get used to a new schedule, new habits, and a brand-new set of teachers. FYE provides an opportunity to learn about everything South Piedmont Community College has to offer with the help of other members and the program director.

About the Program

The program consists of twenty students who take classes together during the first year. Over the course of the year, members become a part of tight-knit community that share in group study sessions and fun extra-curricular activities.

Students in FYE not only learn inside of the classroom. They also make surprising discoveries outside of the classroom. For example, members may exercise teamwork skills while inside of an escape room or get to know history better by visiting a local museum.

The First Year Experience learning community gives students the resources they need to adapt to college, as well as the experiences they need to thrive in their educational and professional lives.

For more information, click here to access the FYE webpage.

Hear from a Student

Paige studentMy name is Paige, and I had a good experience in FYE. I learned how to navigate college efficiently, I made new friends, I felt comfortable in my new classes, and I knew who to go to if I ever had any questions. I was in FYE in the fall of 2019.

I believe the best thing FYE did was put me in different classes with the same group of people. This allowed me to make friends faster, feel more comfortable in my classes, and definitely have a better experience than I would have had without being in FYE.

We also took a few fun trips as a group to places like an escape room and a museum in uptown Charlotte. FYE was a lot of fun, and I’m glad I was able to be involved in this type of welcoming program during my first year of college.

Contact Us

For more information, contact Ryan Brown.