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2021-2022 University Catalog 
2021-2022 University Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

First Year Experience

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Office of First Year Experience
800 N. State College Blvd., Langsdorf Hall 216
Fullerton, CA 92831

Minerva S. Chavez

Student Leadership Development Coordinator
Silvia Zamudio

Administrative Assistant
Rosemarie Enriquez


The Office of First Year Experience (OFYE) is an association for undeclared first-year students serving as a bridge to support students’ successful transition from high school to college. OFYE provides students with experiences that build upon and cultivate new skills and dispositions to navigate and connect students to campus culture. OFYE encourages and supports the holistic social, emotional and academic development of every student. It offers a community of invested faculty, caring professional staff, engaged peer educators, passionate student leaders and knowledgeable student success fellows. In order to have access to the programs and resources provided to you through OFYE, students must enroll in the UNIV 100 Compass Crossing course.  

Through the UNIV 100 course, Foundations for College Success, Life-Long Learning and Self-Development, first year students engage in an activity-based, problem-posing curriculum emerging from students’ funds of knowledge. In this course, students will acquire the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary to engage and reflect on their academic progress and personal self-development. 

Supported jointly by Academic Affairs and Student Affairs divisions, the Office of First Year Experience connects undeclared first-year students to the Titan experience. Cal State Fullerton is a partner in students’ education. OFYE support students who identify as undeclared in the discovery of their major trajectory. it works in partnership with the Academic Advisement Center and colleges across the campus to help students explore and ultimately declare their majors.

UNIV 100 Compass Crossing

UNIV 100 Compass Crossing course description: “Foundations for College Success, Life-Long Learning and Self-Development” provides knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to succeed as an undergraduate student; builds a foundation for lifelong learning; and creates self-meaning in a global society. The course is designed for exploring majors with a focus on longitudinal learning, self-validation and social integration.

UNIV 100 Learning Goals:

  1. Further their own critical self-understanding and acquire the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to engage and reflect in learning and self-development practices.

  2. Develop strategies to be integrated physiological, socio-cultural and psychological beings to promote a holistic awareness of lifelong learning throughout their lives.

  3. Actively apply and participate in developing a lifelong commitment to health for both personal well-being (such as physical, financial, emotional, intellectual, spiritual, socio-interpersonal and/or environment aspects) and societal responsibility.

  4. Develop themselves as responsible citizens, employees and employers, family members, and members of global society.

In UNIV 100, undeclared first-year students make new connections with peers and develop professional relationships with professors, staff and peer mentors. OFYE also offers student success coaching, early alert intervention, community-based learning, and academic and student success programming through OFYE and campus involvement/activities. The OFYE Lava Lounge is the center for undeclared first-year students that provides a space to meet friends or study, with computers and printing access.


    First Year Experience

    Courses are designated as UNIV in the class schedule.

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