First Year Experience FAQ

Here are the answers to some questions that might be on your mind about the University Housing’s First Year Experience program.

What is the First Year Experience at the University of Michigan?

Anxious about sharing a room? Concerned you won’t make friends? Have no clue how the buses work? The First Year Experience Program is designed specifically to address these and other transitional issues you may face while living in the apartments and residence halls. The FYE program offers specific programming, services, and staffing to create a diverse learning-centered residential community designed to assess and meet the specific needs of first-year students, connecting students to the amazing resources on campus and fostering leaders for the future.

What residential facilities are First Year Experience communities?

The majority of first-year students reside on picturesque North Campus in Bursley and Baits II. The remaining first-year students live in Oxford and Markley. First-year students who are members of Michigan Learning Communities live in the building housing their particular MLC program. 

What can residents of First Year Experience communities expect?

There will be countless opportunities to participate in community building activities, programs, workshops, and student organizations designed to encourage the development of basic life and leadership skills while simultaneously providing you a space to develop relationships with one another. Residence Education staff members are there to assist you in navigating the University by providing a bridge from the residential community to the larger campus community by connecting first-year students with campus offices, departments, and student organizations.

Past FYE programs have included movie nights, ice cream socials, rock climbing, a trip to Michigan’s Upper Peninsula to learn dog sledding, learning the ins and outs of becoming a successful graduate school candidate, discussions about how to promote environmental sustainability, and many others.

How can residents get involved in their community?

A number of smaller groups within FYE provide opportunities to meet and connect with other like-minded students.

Hall, Community, and Multicultural Councils are focused on hall government and ways to improve residence hall living. These groups also organize and host a variety of social, academic, and multicultural activities.

PULSE (Peers Utilizing Leadership Skills for Education) is a peer education program connected with University Health Services (UHS).

Not interested in the opportunities above? Be sure to visit Maize Pages for a directory of all registered student organizations.

What events are happening during the first few weeks of the semester?

You certainly won’t be bored your first few weeks on campus! There a tons of exciting Welcome to Michigan events in addition to events taking place locally in your community. Here are some highlights of Welcome to Michigan events you should definitely check out. Fun, informative workshops aimed at a helping residents acclimate to Michigan and gain leadership skills will also be held in FYE communities. For events and workshops happening in your community, please check out your "Life At" Facebook page, bulletin boards, and talk with your community’s Residence Staff members.

For Welcome to Michigan events you should definitely check out the Office of New Student Programs (ONSP) webpage:

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For housing related questions, please contact University Housing.
Phone: (734) 763-3164