Frequently Asked Questions for Students About the First Year
Are all incoming first year students required to take FYS?
Yes, all incoming first year students must register for FYS 101
in the fall semester and FYS102 in the spring semester. No exceptions.
As there is no AP course equivalent to FYS, advanced placement
credit does not apply towards First Year Seminar.
If possible, consider the student's entire first year plan when
choosing FYS, so that the student's year long experience in the
course can be maintained.
Are mid-year enrollees and transfer students required to take
A first year student entering college for the first time in
spring semester or a first year transfer student will enroll
directly into a section of FYS 102 that does not require FYS 101 as
To fulfill the FYS 101 portion of the Core requirement, the
student can subsequently or concurrently enroll in an additional
Text and Ideas or humanities course.
These students will not enroll in FYS 101 the following semester
Transfer students who do not transfer in courses that replace
FYS may substitute a TI or humanities course (beyond those required
for other areas of the core) for each semester of the FYS
core variance form must be completed for these
What if I fail FYS?
First year students who fail FYS 101 will take FYS 102 in the
spring and retake FYS101 in the fall. First year students who fail
FYS 102 will retake FYS 102 the following spring. Those students
should enroll in a FYS 102 that does not require the corresponding
FYS 101 as a prerequisite.