Freshman Year Initiative

FYI dates for Fall 2019 will be posted by December 2018

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.

There will be a welcome BBQ for students and their families (please specify amount of guests on the registration page when registration opens).

This is a one week, all day class valued at two credits.

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- price will be posted in December
  • Commuting- price will be posted in December

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. 


Check-in will occur just outside the Admissions Office Welcome Center. You will receive your textbook, class schedule and other materials. 

Important Dates

Please check back in December for registration and deadlines.

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. 

Registration will open in April 2019 on your MAVzone.