First Year Experience

The First-Year Experience (FYE) program, funded through the federal Title V program, is focused on engaging and supporting first-year students to increase their success at SFCC. This comprehensive program includes a variety of services and curricular offerings for all first-year college students: In addition, all first-year students are expected to see an adviser in the Welcome and Advising Center.

New Student Orientation

Offered at the start of every fall and spring semester. New students need to sign up for the New Student Orientation through a general advisor in the Welcome and Advising Center prior to their first semester of college.

This session includes:

  • Interactive workshops
  • Group advising
  • Financial aid assistance
  • Connecting with Peer Leaders
  • Faculty Q&A
  • Committment to Graduate ceremony

Peer Leaders

Through positive reinforcement peer leaders provide help and support in realizing first-year students’ dreams and in meeting their academic goals.Peer leaders also appreciate and encourage an atmosphere of diversity and creativity while doing their best to build new students’ confidence and instill a sense of community in the FYE program. Peer leaders are a key part of NSO, and they also provide support in FYSS111 & 116 courses.

Linked Classes/Learning Communities (LCs):

Two or more classes tied together as co-requisites. LCs allow students to complete core college-level classes quickly so they can take classes toward their major in less time. Some advantages are taking two classes with the same group of students and instructors, shared assignments, and faster completion of pre-requisite courses.

Two current types of Linked Classes include:

  • Accelerated, Linked Classes in English or math (such as English 109 and English 111)
  • Learning Community courses which pair an English, Math, or Student Success class with a content course, such as Psychology 111

G.A.M.E. (Great Achievement in Men’s Education)

G.A.M.E. recognizes and provides our participants with academic and personal support, encouragement, and a connection to campus and community services so they can be successful. G.A.M.E. focuses primarily on the academic achievement of minority men, but all degree-seeking male students, 17 and older, are welcome. Learn more