First Year Experience (FYE) Programs

Your “First-Year Experience” (FYE) at FMU is a continuum of reinforcing experiences that build from the onboarding process (pre-New Student Orientation) to the sophomore year.

New Student Orientation

A student’s success depends heavily upon his or her ability to adjust to college life and navigate the classroom, financial aid services, and the academic support networks available throughout the campus. FMU’s New Student Orientation (NSO) introduces students to the university, acquaints them with services and staff important to their development and retention, provides walking tours, and helps to ease the transition to campus. Beyond the admissions process, NSO is the university’s first point of contact with incoming freshmen.

FMU provides a wide range of student support services and during NSO, students are introduced to these services and are provided with information from every office that will prove beneficial to their success.


Convocation is the University’s official welcoming of students to the academy! This festive event acquaints students with the formal history of Florida Memorial University through song and speech. Convocation is also used nationally as the official day for welcoming new students! The entire University participates in a graduation-style setting for this purpose, and students are asked to dress in the traditional attire of white tops and black bottoms for the occasion.

FMU 101 Orientation to University Life and FMU 102 Thinking Critically in the Discipline

FMU 101 is a course designed to help students fully transition and to help them do so successfully. Using a common syllabus and open resources, this course includes studies in the history of Florida Memorial University, critical thinking, personal development, career planning, entrepreneurship, classroom success skills, and leadership. These topics are taught during the first semester in a 2 credit hour course. This course is a graduation requirement and all new students are required to enroll in it unless they have an equivalent course for transfer.

The second course in the first-year sequence is taught by the major departments with the course code of -102 (e.g., BUS-102, SSS-102, HUM-102, etc.) This course, “Thinking Critically About the Disciplines”, is a 2-credit course offered each Spring term. It can be taken after or at the same time as FMU 101. This course helps students to understand their degree programs and the career pathway they have selected.