Why take a mega-class when you can be one of 19 students in a special seminar? The First Year Inquiry Program offers General Education courses featuring active learning opportunities exclusively to first-year students. 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 one or more general education program (GEP) requirements. Teaching and student success are top priorities for FYI faculty, who engage FYI students through the use of “inquiry-guided” teaching methods. The three student-learning objectives to which the FYI program strives are: honing critical and creative thinking skills, enhancing the 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 within the student cohort and between students and professors. These portable skills will benefit students in any major.