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The First Year Experience

Colorado College is an intellectually intensive liberal arts environment that is shaped by the unique learning opportunities afforded only by the Block Plan.

The FYE is designed to empower and enable students to take full advantage of the educational experience at CC by providing them with a critical introduction to liberal learning on the Block.  In the FYE, students will hone their reading, writing, thinking, and discussion skills. They will also gain a critical awareness of the structures, processes, and contexts of academic research and scholarship. As a result, students will become aware of the implications of their own college education, as well as gain the foundational tools necessary to become active participants in our community of inquiry.

Active Learning

First years spend their first two blocks at CC immersed in a pair of fast-paced, thought-intensive courses typical of the Block Plan. FYE courses are aimed at refining skills like weighing evidence, managing contradictions, establishing connections, and expressing ideas orally and on paper.

Student Mentors

Each FYE course set is equipped with an experienced student mentor trained to supplement the insights of academic advisors and instructors. Hand-picked by FYE course instructors, FYE mentors offer practical, 'on-the-ground' advice about courses, student life, and the Colorado Springs area – everything you ever wanted to know but were afraid to ask.

Relate to the World

At its heart, the FYE program seeks to give new students the permission to be exhilarated, animated, and inspired by what they study. Conversation is at the axis of liberal arts learning, so FYE courses promote interchange inside and outside of the classroom