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First Year Experience (FYE)

About First Year Experience

NOVA introduced the First Year Experience (FYE) to provide first-year students with academic, career and social support during their first year of college. FYE encompasses a number of programs and events including Student Orientation Advising & Registration (SOAR), New Student Orientation (NSO), Student Development/College Success Courses (ex. SDV 100), GPS For Success Advising, FYE Convocation, Common Experiences and Peer Mentoring.


FYE Resources


National Research on First Year Experience

The Policy Center on the First Year of College
This is an independent, nonprofit, higher education policy, advocacy, and research center located at 400 North Broad Street, Brevard, NC. The work of the Policy Center is currently supported by the Lumina Foundation for Education, and is an extension of the work of John N. Gardner and his colleagues at the University of South Carolina’s National Resource Center for The First Year Experience and Students in Transition. The two centers work cooperatively on issues of central concern for the success of first year college students.

Noel-Levitz Freshman Attitudes Report
This Noel-Levitz report describes the attitudes and motivations of first year students at the very beginning of their college experience.

Are your students starting right? How do you know?
By all measures, attrition, particularly in the first semester, is a significant problem for community colleges and their students. Current research indicates that helping students succeed through the equivalent of the first semester (12–15 credit hours) can dramatically improve retention. Successfully completing the first semester, moreover, improves students' chances of attaining further milestones and, ultimately, earning certificates and degrees.

A Meeting of the Minds: Two Perspectives on New Student Seminars
The National Resource Center for The First Year Experience & Students in Transition at the University of South Carolina hosted its first teleconference entitled, A Meeting of the Minds: Two Perspectives on New Student Seminars. The teleconference set the stage for an interactive dialogue among David Ellis, John Gardner, and the viewing audience. The two leading pioneers of the first-year movement discussed topics ranging from essential characteristics of a first-year seminar to assessment and many points in between.

First-year resources from the National Resource Center for the First Year Experience at the University of South Carolina.

First-year program at Valencia Community College.

Additional first-year program websites.