First-Year Experience

For 2021-22, the College of Charleston's FYE program has been listed among the top in the U.S. by U.S. News & World Report.

First-Year Experience (FYE) is an academic program designed to fully integrate new students into the academic and cultural community of the College of Charleston. All of the courses offered in this program give new students an opportunity to work closely with top-level faculty. Through the FYE program, you'll meet other new students, work with engaging faculty and create connections with peer facilitators. FYE is designed to help you transitition to college life while studying something that interests you. The program also teaches you the skills needed for success throughout your academic career. Fostering these connections and skills in the first year is crucial to success at the College, graduation and beyond. Which FYE course piques your interest?

"I was able to choose a course about something that I was particularly interested in, as there were so many different course options available."

- Natalie M. '24


"Our study abroad trip quickly became one of the best experiences of my life. I learned more about my family and made my own memories of Scotland."

- Student '22


"The students I've encountered are open, curious, eager to learn. I'm refreshed by working with these new members of the CofC community."

- Brett Lott, department of English


"I loved being able to share my own experiences to help make college easier and more enjoyable for first year students."

- Ainsley C. '21


FYE In the News

To read even more about FYE, visit the College of Charleston's blog The College Today