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What is an FYI Course?

FYI classes are inquiry guided learning classes intended specifically for first-year students at NC State whodesire classes where they may be effectively guided to take more direct responsibility for their own learning. These classes feature small faculty/student ratios that encourage active learning opportunities; close relationship among students and professor; students working with a faculty member on important, timely topics; focused development of critical reading, writing, and discussion skills necessary for all college students. The classes are designed to facilitate the transition from high school- to mature university-level thinking. They are not designed for students with special transition needs; see the Summer Start program for help.

What is Expected of FYI Students?

Students are expected to participate actively and attend class regularly. In class discussions,students must confront differing opinions respectfully, responsibly, and wisely while working towards workable solutions for complex problems. They will also be expected, with proper guidance, to take charge of their own education — learning to think critically, growing beyond dualism and relativism towards greater intellectual maturity. You will do more work in an FYI class than in a regular lecture section. But our assessments show you will reap important benefits that help you succeed in college and beyond, including a statistically higher GPA than non-FYI students. Yes, just one class can make a real difference!

What requirement will taking an FYI course fulfill?

FYI courses fulfill General Education Program requirements.

How are FYI courses identified in in the course catalog?

FYI courses have regular departmental prefixes in which a “Q” follows the course and section number. Ex: PS 201-002Q.

“ESP Village” Classes

ESP Village “linked” courses are a subset of FYI courses that target a specific population of Exploratory Studies Program students and pair those students in the FYI class with a USC 101 class. The FYI program currently partners with the the¬†Exploratory Studies Program for students who live in the Exploratory Studies Program residential program (Tucker and Owen Halls). Students in this community may share a common FYI class paired with the ESP USC 101 course.

Registration Info

Spring Registration is limited to one “Q” course per student.

Fall registration is limited to incoming first-year students only. Spring semester courses are open to all first-year students.

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