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First year Experience


What is the First Year Experience?

The First Year Experience (FYE) is a program designed to help you; get connected to services, transition to college life at UW-Eau Claire, and become part of the Blugold community by providing you with in class and out of class opportunities.

"This program shows that the university is dedicated to first year students and helps acclimate them to campus and the city. They not only tell us how to use resources but also provide them" -Katie 2013

For opportunities in the classroom setting consider taking a  First Year Only (FYO) class and be part of an engaging setting full of first year peers who are sharing a similar experience as you.

"Not only did (FYO) help you get involved on campus but it introduced me to one of my best friends now. We did a lot of group work and I had the privilege to meet a nice girl who knew just as little as me so I didn't feel alone." -Kierstyn 2014

Experience outside of the classroom is equally important and UW-Eau Claire provides even more opportunities for you to take part in. There are plenty of events, student services, organizations, lectures, forums and art series present for your enjoyment and benefit. To help you navigate all these campus activities, FYE has developed the Bluprint for a Blugold. The Bluprint for a Blugold highlights events and activities that are geared towards first year students.

"I really enjoyed going to all the events because we could choose the ones that interested us. In turn it helps us connect with students that have similar interests." -Emily 2014

Start Participating Today!


Instructors who want access to the Bluprint for a Blugold module, please contact Dr. Ryan Weichelt.


 Bluprint for a Blugold Modules

Instructors, to access the FYE Blugold Insider please click here.



Have questions? Not sure who to ask? Email


This Week, March 7th-11th

 Service-Learning Presentation; Thursday, March 10th from 2:00-2:30pm in Centennial Hall, room 1804.

Majors & Student Services Fair; Friday, March 11th, from 11am-12:30pm in the Ojibwe Ballroom, Davies Center.