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First Year Experience

First Year Experience (FYE)

Student success, during a student’s first year and beyond, is dependent on a variety of experiences, both academic and social.

Merrimack created the First Year Experience program to support students during their critical first semester of matriculation, and help them explore the college community. With small classes and hands-on-activities, FYE encourages self-exploration, active engagement and understanding of the world.

In addition to the weekly classes, students:

  • Attend campus activities ranging from group outings and athletic events to service opportunities and on-campus lectures.
  • Participate in the StrengthsFinder Assessment Program.
  • Meet with their FYE instructor and career counselor.
  • Participate in a student-led club.

Completion of the FYE course is on a pass-fail basis, and is required for students to progress to their sophomore year. Incoming students who enter with fewer than 28 credits are required to successfully complete FYE.

Download FYE curriculum brochure.