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 21 Learning Communities scheduled for Fall 2015. 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
All these courses fulfill college requirements. Before you meet with your academic advisor, consider the descriptions of the paired courses available.

FYI Communities for the 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.

Whichever 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.

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