First Year Experience

First Year Experience

Welcome to South Mountain Community College

Beginning in the Fall 2022, all NEW students will need to take a First Year Experience course, FYE101 or FYE103!  Knowing which course is right for you can be challenging. Here is some useful information and a short questionnaire to help YOU decide which course is a fit for your needs as a SMCC student.

So, which course is right for you?  Look at the questions below and determine your best fit!

First Year Experience Course Selection

FYE101 is for you!

FYE101 is for you!

FYE101 is a 1-credit course designed to help students learn how to succeed at your Maricopa Community College. You will explore your field of interest, confirm your program or degree pathway, understand the financial considerations for your career, and meet with your advising team.

Are you a student who:

  • is returning to college and needs to focus on completing a degree or transferring to a 4-year university?
  • is transferring from another college but new to Maricopa?
  • is confident in your chosen program of study and would like to take a deeper dive into your respective field of interest?
  • recently completed high school or another early college program and feels on track for your next steps in Maricopa?
  • is paying out of pocket and needs to consider every option?

Find Your FYE 101 Class for Fall 2022 @ SMCC

FYE103 is for you!

FYE103 is for you!

FYE103 is a 3-credit course that is similar to FYE101, but it also helps students determine what program is best for them, provides strategies for school/life balance, assists in preparing students for work in a diverse world, and provides opportunities for students to build connections.

Are you a student who:

  • is new to college and unsure/anxious around college expectations and available resources?
  • is undecided on your major or field of interest and needs some help researching and considering the best options for you and your future?
  • is concerned about taking math, English or other pre-requisite courses that align with your major and need to have additional information on how to be successful throughout the first year?
  • has been out of school/college for more than 3 years and/or is concerned about your ability to manage work, school, family, and life?
  • needs to meet full-time enrollment requirements for financial aid or scholarships and is concerned about taking more than 4 classes?
  • would benefit from understanding of how you prioritize your finances while a college student and after you graduate?
  • is interested in learning about resources available to support your academic pathway, like transportation, child care, housing, and/or additional financial assistance?
  • is interested in understanding your own identity better and how to appreciate differences in your peers?

Find Your FYE 103 Class for Fall 2022 @ SMCC