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First Year Experience

Making the transition

Some people are just super outgoing, have all the confidence in the world to walk into a crowd or a room and instantly start talking and feeling at ease. These people find change fun and exciting. And then there are the rest of us . . . face it, there are SO many changes for new freshmen, it can be a lot to handle. We get it.

The First Year Experience is designed to help. It is a way for new students to get connected to services, transition to college life at UW-Eau Claire, and become part of the Blugold community, both in and out of the classroom.

A three sided approach to success

The FYE program takes a three layered approach to making the step to college life easier for new students — classroom experiences, online learning modules, and campus events. We want students to feel at home not only in their residence hall, but also during class, during interactions with offices and services on campus, and at the multitude of campus events where lasting connections can be made.

This program shows that the university is dedicated to first year students and helps us acclimate to campus and the city. They not only tell us how to use resources but also provide them.

Past FYE participant

First Year Only (FYO) sections strictly enroll first year students. FYO courses will have a dedicated faculty member and a student mentor who is there to answer questions, announce upcoming events, and help new students navigate UW-Eau Claire. These are typically 100 level courses spread across many disciplines, most fulfilling a liberal education category. See the courses listed below.


FYE online modules are the perfect solution for the new student who has questions about a process or a policy but is so exhausted from studying and hiking the hill that leaving the comfort of the futon seems impossible. These handy modules are available whenever a student needs to become familiar with things like the library and resources, service learning, technology resources on campus, and much more.

The purpose of the modules is to ensure your success with academics, connect you to student services, and help you transition to college life. Each module takes less than 1 hour to complete and can be accessed anywhere you have internet. These modules are located on D2L and include videos, discussion boards, and other materials to further assist you with your college experiences outside of the classroom. You will need a UWEC username and password to access D2L.

Click here to begin to the Online Modules on topics such as:

  • Academic Integrity
  • Adjusting to College Life
  • Alcohol Education
  • Career Development
  • Desire2Learn (D2L)
  • Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Financial Literacy
  • Housing and Residence Life
  • Introducing Library Resources
  • Liberal Education
  • Mental Health
  • Registration Workshop
  • Service Learning
  • Student Collaborative Research
  • Study Skills
  • Technology Resources
  • Time Management

 Instructors who want access to the Bluprint for a Blugold Online Modules, please contact Louisa Rice.

Throughout the year, many campus events are designated to be part of the Blueprint for a Blugold line-up of sponsored events. These events fall into the following categories:

  • Cultural Competence
  • Practical Matters
  • Health and Wellness
  • Academic Success
  • Getting Involved

All categories offer events that will help to foster a great first year experience. Plus, attendance at any event can enter you in a weekly prize drawing! The more you attend, the better your chances. See the Bluprint events listed below.


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