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OBJ.desks.20040The First Year Inquiry Program offers General Education courses featuring active learning opportunities exclusively to first-year students. Why take a mega-class when you can be one of 19 students in a special seminar? FYI students show measurable academic improvement after taking a single FYI course.

The First Year Inquiry Program (FYI) is designed specifically for first year students who will take general education courses during their first year at NC State. Each FYI course, which is designated with the “Q” suffix, fulfills a general education program (GEP) requirement. FYI faculty, for whom teaching and student success are priorities, engage FYI students through the use of “inquiry-guided” teaching methods. The three student-learning objectives to which the FYI program strives are sharpening of critical and creative thinking skills, enhancing development of intellectual maturity and increasing student responsibility for his or her own learning. Students further benefit from experiencing classes with a small faculty/student ratio that fosters a closer relationship among students and professor.

Your first year is the time to begin developing skills to apply for and obtain fellowships. Start with the Fellowship Advising Office Website. It’s also a good time to begin planning to study abroad. Check the Gilman Scholarship Website. Gilman Scholarships provide funding for students receiving a Pell Grant to study abroad for the semester, summer or academic year. For a summer program, the deadline is usually the first week of March. Programs must be at least 4 weeks in length to qualify. Average award for the summer is $3,000. Maximum award is $5,000. Tiffany L. Kershner, Ph.D., at the Fellowship Advising Office, can assist you with these and other fellowship opportunities.