• What is the University of Charleston First Year Experience?


    The University of Charleston First Year Experience (UC FYE) curriculum combines academic coursework with co-curricular and residential life activities in order to create an enriching higher educational journey.  These courses are designed to help students adjust to their new surroundings and live the three pillars of the University of Charleston mission- productive work, enlightened living, and community involvement.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    Q: Why is it important to be a part of the University of Charleston First Year Experience?

    A: College is an adjustment, but FYE helps you adjust easily. A major aspect of that adjustment is learning the unique curriculum at UC and with the help of your UNIV Mentor and Peer Educator you will be able understand our curriculum and how embedded classes work. Finally, the University of Charleston encourages students to live the mission, so by getting involved in FYE a student will be able to positively impact their community.

    Q: I don’t know what my major is yet, how can I find my way academically when I first step on campus?

    A: Many First Year Students aren’t sure of their major at first, but once students begin UC’s Discovery Program they will soon encounter new passions within the classroom.

    Q: What does the term embedded mean at the University of Charleston?

    A: Embedded means that there is a class within a class. Therefore, while completing work for one class, the subject matter of another class can also be covered. For example, during your first year you may take a HUMN (Humanities) course with an embedded COMM (Communication) 101 online portfolio. While learning in your HUMN course, you will also be completing material to upload online for COMM 101. Ultimately, that means less seat time for the students.

    Q: What is the difference between COMM (Communication) 101, 102, and 103?

    A: COMM 101, 102, and 103 are all online portfolio classes that are embedded within other FYE courses. COMM 101 and 102 are writing portfolios, and COMM 103 is an oral speaking portfolio.

    Q: I have a few AP credits from high school, what scores do I need to transfer those to the University of Charleston to cover my COMM 101 and 102 portfolio classes?

    A: For COMM 101, you must receive a score of 3 or better on the English Language AP test and for COMM 102 you must receive a score of 3 or better on the English Language AP test.

    Q: Can I graduate early?

    A: Yes, depending on your major it is possible for students to graduate early! Talk to your advisor to learn how to do so.

    Q: What is the difference between my UNIV Mentor and Academic Advisor?

    A: Your UNIV Mentor is your professor for UNIV 101 & 102. Your Academic Advisor is a professor within your major who also helps you succeed in an academic setting.

    Q: How can I learn more about financial aid at UC?

    A: Visit UC Financial Aid online and use the net price calculator!

    Q: I’m planning on living on campus, but there is a lot of information I still need to know. What do I have to know before I move-in?

    A: When it comes to living on campus, there is a great deal of information to learn and in order to do so, please visit the UC Resident Life FAQ.

    UNIV Mentors

    University Mentors are top-notch University of Charleston professors who guide First Year Students through their college transition within UNIV (University) 101 and 102. Each of the University Mentors bring unique perspectives to the First Year Experience because of various backgrounds and educational journeys. The Mentoring team, along with help from their Peer Educator, strive to form strong one-on-one bonds with each of their students. University Mentors are approachable, scholarly, and understanding individuals that are ready to jump-start your college journey!

    Peer Educators

    Peer Educators are student leaders on the University of Charleston campus who are responsible for empowering and engaging First Year Students within UNIV 101 and 102. These top leaders help guide students through their academic and professional development while also witnessing each student’s personal growth during their first year at UC. By creating a meaningful peer-to-peer bond with students, they are more likely to succeed and connect to the University of Charleston campus community. Peer Educators are energetic, knowledgeable, and compassionate individuals, but most importantly, you’ll be impressed with their dance moves!