First-Year Engagement (FYE)

First-Year Engagement (FYE)

First-Year Engagement at Penn State Abington is an Academic Affairs program for first and second semester students.  First-year students who enroll in an FYE section receive additional support from experienced, caring faculty and an FYE Peer Assistant.  FYE Peer Assistants are experienced, successful upper-level students who are excellent role models; they provide advice, training, and support to the first-year students in their classes.  
FYE sections are available in a variety of subject areas including African American Studies, Astronomy, Business Administration, Communications, Criminal Justice, Economics, English, Engineering, History, Math, Nutrition, and Science.

Students in FYE sections receive weekly newsletters and information on the following topics:

  • Academic success skills such as note-taking, active listening, study and exam prep, goal setting, assignment planning, and library research skills
  • Support available on the Abington campus including services from the Learning Center, Career Development, and the Health & Wellness Center
  • Information about campus clubs, activities, and events, along with encouragement to participate in campus activities
  • PSU technology tools such as WebMail, Canvas, and Lion Path
  • Help with course registration and information on entrance-to-major requirements

Study Group Sessions

FYE students have opportunities throughout the semester to review course material, prepare for tests, or practice skills during FYE study group sessions that are planned and led by the FYE Peer Assistants; Healthy snacks and pizza are provided if these sessions are held as lunch meetings.  Study groups provide students with great opportunities to meet friends on campus and earn higher grades.

Study Smarter Presentations and Panel Discussions

FYE students are invited to lunch meetings where information on topics of great value to new college students will be presented.  The event topics include:

  • College Success Skills
  • Critical Thinking Skills for Deeper Processing of Course Material
  • Strategies for Test and Exam Preparation
  • Panel Discussion: Experienced students share information about their first year on campus including information on what they have learned, strategies that work for them, and how they have dealt with increased responsibility or setbacks (that test score that is lower than expected)
  • Panel Discussion: Majors.  Experienced students explain why they selected their major, the requirements for the major, and their career goals.  Career Development and Advising Center Professionals are available to answer questions and share tools for learning about careers, majors, and minors.