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.
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
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
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.
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
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