First Year Programs
Common Reading Program
The FIU common reading book program is tailored specifically for incoming first year students as a way of providing students with a common experience. Students are expected to have read the book before the first day of class and will join together with faculty and peers to discuss and think critically about key concepts. The common reading program will encourage students to partake in intellectual engagement and will create a sense of community among newly admitted Panthers.
Visit website: https://fyp.fiu.edu/common-reading/
Exploratory courses are designed to assist students through self-discovery for the purpose of choosing and planning for a major and career path. Students will learn how to utilize career resources on campus and make career related decisions. They will explore various career options and interests while establishing a more effective method for choosing major.
Visit website: https://fyp.fiu.edu/programs/exploratory-courses/
Peer Mentor Program
Energetic FIU student leaders assist incoming students during their SLS course. They volunteer to be role models for their peers and are great resource guides inside and outside of the classroom. Peer Mentors assist the SLS instructor by collaborating on classroom discussions and by creating icebreakers and team building activities. To become a Peer Mentor you must be a current undergraduate student and have a 2.5 GPA or above.
Visit website: https://fyp.fiu.edu/programs/peer-mentor/
Other Academic Resources for First Year Students
First Year Experience Librarian
The FIU library system can seem overwhelming at first however FIU has designated a First Year Experience librarian who can help students with various research questions and inquiries about library resources. The FYE librarian can also assist students with information on reserving study rooms and technological tools.
Visit website: http://libguides.fiu.edu/content.php?pid=228990&sid=2079121
Center for Academic Success
The Center for Academic Success offers free tutoring for mathematics, sciences, an reading. Services are also offered in specified learning and studying techniques.
Visit website: https://learningcenter.fiu.edu
Center for Excellence in Writing
The Center for Academic Excellence focuses on student proficiency in writing and grammar. Students can schedule appointments to review papers and examine techniques for research, grant writing, and personal statements for graduate school.
Visit website: http://writingcenter.fiu.edu