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First Year Initiatives

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Freshman Year Experience (UNIV 150)

First-Year Initiatives (FYI) is a success unit aimed to assist students as they transition from high school, throughout the academic journey, to graduation. We are dedicated to providing students with the skills, resources, and knowledge needed to navigate the college experience successfully! Student success is central to NMSU mission, values, reputation and fiscal health. The first year of a student’s academic and social experience has a particularly significant impact on the overall transition into college.   

First Year Initiatives offers first-year and freshman students the opportunity to participate in a program designed specifically to enhance their first-year experience, ease the transition to college, and improve their overall success in college. Students can enroll in University’s academic success courses such as you UNIV 150-First-Year Experience, a three credit hour elective course designed to introduce students to the resources at the University, UNIV 110-Personal Learning Skills, UNIV 112-Academic & Personal Effectiveness, UNIV 114- Financial Literacy, and other courses that support the social and academic achievement of NMSU students. (more information)

FYI activities include:

  • Freshmen Year Experience (UNIV 150) course
  • Mini-Semester Courses
  • Academic and personal success workshop presentations
  • Monthly freshmen conversations and dialogue
  • Campus activities and events
  • Peer2Peer mentorship

Peer Education (UNIV 350)

As a Peer Educator, you model and advise the UNIV 150 students on how to be a successful and effective learner at NMSU. In UNIV 350 you will learn about student development theory, leadership skills, classroom management, and how to make effective presentations to students on academic skills, social issues, and personal effectiveness. UNIV 350, a 3-credit elective course, provides you the opportunity to co-instruct the UNIV 150 Freshman Year Experience course, sharing your experiences and wisdom to help freshmen transition from high school to college life. (more information)

Mini-Semester and UNIV Courses

Mini-semester courses start near the middle of the semester and can be added to maintain full-time academic status if a student needs to drop another course to preserve their GPA. (more information)