Welcome to FYE

When you join FYE, you can 

  • Combine different fields of study and participate in  community engagement through this year-long program
  • Attend reading and writing classes that will take you at least through your first college-level courses
  • Take additional college level classes such as sociology, career and life planning, intercultural studies, and physical anthropology.

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Important Dates

Here are some important upcoming events for students planning to join FYE in 2024-25.

FYE Orientation: Tuesday, July 23

  • 8 a.m.-3 p.m.
  • On campus in MLC 105

Summer Bridge: Aug. 26-28

  • 9 a.m.-2 p.m.
  • On campus at De Anza

Summer Bridge is an engaging and intensive three-day program for new students in FYE and other Learning Communities. You will 

  • Meet other new students, along with instructors and counselors 
  • Learn about programs, services and resources that can help you succeed!


Who Can Join FYE?

You are eligible for the First Year Experience (FYE) Program if you meet the following requirements

  • High school graduate or have a GED or 18 years old
  • First-generation college student (parents do not have a college degree)
  • First-time college student (never attended before)
  • Eligibility for LART 250 + English 1A (1A combo) or English 1AF (stretch 1A)
  • Committed to taking the entire FYE cohort for the entire school year
  • Before enrolling in the FYE cohort, all FYE students are required to attend a recent Summer Bridge program through De Anza College 

FYE Classes (2024-2025)

Classes offered in our learning communities count toward completion of an associate degree and transfer.

Fall 2024

Course Title Instructor Units
ESCI 1   Environmental Science  Alicia de Toro 4
EWRT 1A Composition and Reading     Kristin Agius 5
LART 250  Academic Reading and Writing Kristin Agius 3
COUN 5 Introduction to College Jorge Morales 1

Winter 2024

Course Title Instructor Units
EWRT 2 Critical Reading, Writing and Thinking Kristin Agius 5
CLP 5 College Major and Career Options Jorge Morales 2

Spring 2024

Course Title Instructor Units
ESCI 1 Environmental Science Lab Alicia de Toro 1
COMM 1 Public Speaking Russell Hong 5

Here's How To Join FYE

If you are interested in joining the First Year Experience program, please complete the following steps:

  1. Apply to De Anza College
  2. Make sure the Assessment Office has your high school transcript, in order to determine your English placement
  3. Submit the online SSRS Program Interest Form.

Because space is limited, applicants are encouraged to complete our interest form as early as possible.

Support Our Scholarship Program

The Jean Miller First Year Experience Scholarship fund is a beautiful reminder of Jean Miller’s legacy. The money has literally put books in the hands of our most struggling students. Anything you can give will be appreciated.

Donate today 


Alicia De Toro, Ed.D.


Jorge Morales


Support FYE

You can make a donation to support FYE programs for students by using this link to the Foothill-De Anza Foundation's donation website. (The online form is already filled in to designate your gift for "DAFYE")

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