Please note that FYE is not open to in-person appointments. However, going forward
all counseling appointments will be conducted either via phone or through Zoom video
conferencing. FYE staff, advisors, and counselors will be available online only until
further notice. You may still contact us to schedule a counseling appointment if you
are a current or continuing student only. Click here to contact us for an appointment.
FYE is currently only accepting applications for our waitlist. This means that although
the program has filled, we will still review your application. If a space becomes
available we will be contacting you to schedule a counseling interview.
Starting a new educational journey can be exciting and overwhelming. Transitioning
from high school may present you with many decisions to make and challenges to face.
The First Year Experience program is designed to help you be successful in your first
year of college life by providing a supportive, caring environment of educational
and career services.
The First Year Experience Program is designed to prepare you for academic success and to help you in selecting the
career path that's right for you. Whether you are transitioning from high school or
just beginning your college education, the rigors of college life can present even
the best students with challenges that require major adjustments. Sometimes getting
started may seem overwhelming, as there are many decisions to make. That's why we
have created a supportive environment here at El Camino College where there are people
and programs to assist you with your college career.
Through FYE you will learn more about how to be a successful student. You will gain knowledge
of how to study and learn in groups; have access to vital campus and college resources;
be able to explore a chosen major and create a career plan; interact in a multicultural
environment; develop important study skills; and learn how to access and manage electronic
information, such as e-mail, Internet, and library databases.
The Top 5 Reasons You Should Join FYE!
(Provided by the office of Institutional Research)
Students who participate in the First Year Experience Program (FYE) need fewer courses
in English and Math to successfully complete transfer-level English and college-level
math than students who did not participate in FYE.
FYE students reach the 30-unit threshold faster than students who do not participate
in FYE, achieving 30 units nearly one term faster than students who were not in FYE
FYE students are twice as likely to earn their associate degrees within a three-year
time period than students who are not in FYE.
FYE students are more likely to persist into their second year at El Camino College
than students who are not in FYE.
Last, FYE students are more likely to transfer to 4 year universities than students who did not participate in FYE. There is a 20-25 point difference for
students participating in FYE.
What does FYE Offer?
The First Year Experience Program offers...
Priority Registrationfor all ECC classes to help ensure enrollment in desired courses.
Orientation- A variety of special events especially designed to enhance your transition to college.
First Year Experience Counselorwill help students with: academic planning, personal counseling, and career development
Learning Community Courses, which will help satisfy general education and elective graduation requirements.
Students may also take additional classes, outside the cluster, to reach full-time
Strategies for Success in Collegecourse designed to introduce new students to college life and expectations.
First Year Experience Faculty- A team of professional, caring and committed faculty dedicated to supporting the
success of First Year Students
Field tripsto various UC, CSU, & Private Universities.