Freshman Year Initiative

FYI Learning Communities
The Freshman Year Initiative is a unique program that brings entering students together in two linked courses on a related topic during their first semester at Queens College. Most students begin their freshman year with FYI.

Taking two courses together, students in the community share common experiences beginning in the first week of classes. It’s natural to share notes, breaks, and lunch, so friendships form early. Study groups are easy to find at exam time.

How FYI Works

At Freshman Orientation you’ll register for one of the 22 Learning Communities scheduled for Fall 2014. The earlier in the summer you are able to register for classes, the more choices for communities you’ll have.

Academic Advising staff and FYI Mentors will assist you in registering for your Community and for the additional courses you’ll need to complete your first-semester schedule

Choose an FYI Community
Before you meet with your academic advisor, consider the descriptions of the paired courses available.

FYI communities for Fall

The general education courses are drawn from the sciences, the arts and humanities, the social sciences, and education.  Remember that you’ll add additional courses to your schedule, so feel free to try something new, that may or may not be required for a particular major.  All these courses fulfill college requirements.

The topics for English 110 (College Writing 1) vary as well.  Brief descriptions of the topics offered can be found HERE.

Whatever Community you choose, you’ll attend both of those classes in a group of about twenty other first-year students, so you’ll get to know your classmates. Together, you’ll use what you learn in one class to help you in the other, as you practice writing scholarly essays at a college level.

Freshman Year Initiative Office

Honors Hall room 05

Phone: 718-997-5567


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