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  • FYE Frequently Asked Questions

    What is FYE?

    The First Year Experience (FYE) program is a student success program for first year students. Participating students will receive guaranteed enrollment in FYE-designated English and Math classes for the year (Fall and Spring terms) and access to FYE designated courses. In addition to guaranteed courses, students will receive early course enrollment dates for the year.

    Who is eligible to apply to FYE?

    FYE accepts high school seniors who will be first-time freshmen to SMC. Those students must have an SMC student ID number, gone through the college's online orientation, and taken both SMC assessments in order to be considered for acceptance.

    How long does the program last?

    Accepted FYE students are a part of the program during their first year at SMC. Students must follow program guidelines and meet deadline requirements to remain in the program.

    What other requirements does FYE have?

    Once accepted, students must participate in one of the summer program options available only to FYE students: Summer Bridge, Math Academy, Summer Jams or English Academy. For more information about the differences between these summer options.

    Can I participate in more than one summer program?

    Students must receive counselor approval in order to participate in more than one summer program.

    Can I participate in another special program in addition to FYE?

    Yes, as long as all requirements for FYE are fulfilled.

    If I am a high school concurrent student, am I still eligible for FYE?

    Yes. Students taking classes through a high school concurrent program are still eligible for FYE; however, students who are not recent high school graduates are not eligible.

    How can I apply to FYE?

    The FYE program sent email invitations to qualified high school seniors. The application period for First Year Experience 2017-2018 is closed.

    Is FYE a mandatory program for first-time students?

    No, it is completely voluntary; however, First Year Experience is a great program that assists students who have never attended college before.

    How will I know if I am accepted into FYE?

    Student who are accepted will receive an acceptance email, informing them on the next steps to take.

    What if I still have questions?

    If you still have questions, please feel free to visit the Welcome Center on SMC's Main Campus in Cayton 110 (located next to the Cafeteria), call us at (310) 434-8101 or email us at FYE@smc.edu.