Freshman Year Initiative

FYI dates for 2018- August 12th through the 17th. Registration will open in April- admitted students will receive an email invite.

The transition from high school to college is a major step. We encourage you to get a jump-start on your college career and join other first-year students in the FYI Program. The program is designed specifically for students just graduating high school and entering college for the first time. Taught by Colorado Mesa University faculty, the FYI Program is designed to give students a better understanding of the skills needed to be successful in college including study skills, test-taking strategies, and time management techniques. In addition to expanding your knowledge, you will have the opportunity to become familiar with our campus and the many resources available to help you reach your academic and professional goals. Plus, you'll be able to participate in activities throughout the week and start building friendships that may last a lifetime.

On Sunday there will be a BBQ for students and their families (please specify amount of guests on the registration page), the BBQ will be from 12:00-2:00pm.

The first class session will be held from 4-5pm on Sunday August 12thafter the BBQ.

During the week, classes will go from Monday August 13-Friday August 17th from 9:00am-4:00pm.

FYI Students

  • understand the skills needed for reading college-level textbooks
  • expand note-taking techniques
  • build on previous test-taking skills
  • learn how to use the CMU library resources and computer laboratories
  • relate goals and time management to academic success
  • discover memory enhancement skills for college achievement
  • realize the wealth of resources available through Academic Services: tutoring, advising, career services and more!

Program Cost

There is an option to live on campus during the week of FYI or commute. The living on campus cost includes the program cost, residence hall, as well as, breakfast, lunch and dinner for the week. The commuter price includes program cost and lunch Monday through Friday during the program.

  • Living on campus- $475 plus tuition
  • Commuting- $285 plus tuition

Living On Campus?

If your plan to live on campus during the FYI program, please indicate this on your registration form. You will be moving directly into the room assigned to you for the academic year. You may move in on Aug. 12 between 8am and 2pm. To make the check-in process go as smoothly as possible, we will be checking in students with last names beginning with the letters A-L from 8-9:30am and students with last names beginning with the letters M-Z from 9:30-11am. We will have open check-in from 11am-2:00pm. Simply go straight to your assigned residence hall — Residence Life is expecting you!


You must complete your FYI Program check-in on Sunday no later than 2pm. Check-in will occur just outside the Admissions Office Welcome Center. You will receive your textbook, class schedule and other materials. The first required session will be held Sunday promptly at 3pm in the Meyer Ballroom.

Important Dates

July 31, 2018: Last day to register for FYI (or until program fills to capacity)

August 1, 2018: Last day for a 100 percent refund if program attendance is dropped

August 4, 2018: Last day for a 50 percent refund if program attendance is dropped

August 7, 2018 and after: No refunds available

If you have questions regarding the FYI Program, please contact Nichelle Chandler, or by calling 970.248.1943 or 800.982.6372, ext. 1943.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Provisional Baccalaureate students should register for the MVP Program, not FYI. GOALS students are not able to participate in FYI, please contact Patton Massengill at 970-248-2635 to discuss other early move-in options. 

To register for the FYI Program please log into your MAVzone portal and look under the "next steps" tab. The registration link is under the "prepare for your arrival" box, it is the second link down listed under Register for Freshman Year Initiative. 

Detailed Schedule

Opportunity for Freshman- OURAY HIKE!