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First Year Experience

Welcome First Year Students!

The campus will remain closed until further notice, please do not attempt to visit the office in person.

You can live chat with a representative from this office using the information at the bottom of this page, or by visiting the Online Student Services Building. Please note that some services are still in the process of being moved online (including access to campus phone extensions and voicemail) and will vary by office.

Welcome New Students!

Welcome new and prospective LACC students! Starting a new educational journey can be exciting and overwhelming. Whether you are directly transitioning to college from high school or attending college for the first time, there are many decisions to make and challenges to face.

The First Year Experience (FYE) program is designed to help you be successful in your first year of college by providing a supportive, nurturing environment complete with educational and career guidance, so you may achieve all of your personal goals.

See the Team that Will Help you Succeed! FYE Team Spring 2021

Speak to a FYE Staff Member in our FYE Lobby or In Person!

If you have a question or need some quick help virtually, you will need to go to our FYE Lobby where you will wait until a FYE staff member is able to chat with you. Since we service a high volume of students, we work on a first-come, first-serve basis. If you want to help in person, feel free to stop by the FYE Office, Second Floor Student Services Building Window 34.
Click here to enter the FYE Lobby to Speak with our FYE Staff

Drop In Hours for Counselors (Cranium Cafe)

Tuesday 8:30 - 9:00am & 4:00 - 4:30pm

Wednesday 3:30 - 4:00pm

Thursday 8:30 - 9:00am

Friday 8:30 - 9:00am & 10:30 - 11:00am

Drop In Hours for Counselors (In Person)

Monday 8:30 - 9:00am & 10:30 - 11:00am

Tuesday 10:30 - 11:00am

Wednesday 8:30 - 9:00am & 3:00 - 3:30pm

Thursday 10:30 - 11:00am & 3:30 - 4:00pm

What Are the Benefits in FYE?
  • First two years of classes is free (enrollment fees) via LA College Promise and AB19/AB2
  • Priority Registration
  • Guaranteed enrollment in math, English, and other important classes
  • Dedicated faculty members committed to your success
  • Math and English Supplemental Instruction (SI) tutors
  • Special FYE social and extracurricular activities
  • Committed counselors to help you create an educational plan for degree completion, transfer to university, and/or preparing for your career
  • Success Coaches to help answer general questions, refer resources, and support you on your college journey
  • Free laptops and travel abroad opportunities
  • Participate in the Second Year Experience (SYE) after completing your first year

How to Work with FYE During COVID-19

  • We are currently on campus and online for limited hours so contact us today or visit our office to ask questions (Student Services Building, Floor 2 Window 34)
  • Constantly check your school emails and read thoroughly, not only from the FYE program but also from LA City College
  • Find us on Instagram for fun and creative updates (@cityfye)
  • Connect with Success Coaches and Counselors
  • Visit the LACC Updated COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Information website in order to see the most up-to-date information that impacts our district 

Resources for LACC Students Flyer

SNN at USC FlyerStudent Navigator Network at USC is a resource for LA College Students. Are you a college student in need of housing, food, technology, mental health resources or emergency financial aid? Our 1 on 1 peer case managers can help you find and apply to affordable health care, technology and internet, affordable child care, emergency aid, housing & tenants rights support, food pantries & CalFresh, unemployment benefits & jobs, mental health care, and more. Apply at bit.ly/snnatusc. (Made possible by the USC Good Neighbors COVID-19 Grant). 

Ready to Apply to FYE? Click here to get started!

Learn About FYE Directly from the Students!

so i wasn't the best high school student i barely graduated high school with like a 2.3 gpa so being in the first year program really gave me like tools to be able to succeed and maintain a higher gpa i didn't qualify for financial aid that's why i couldn't attend a csu or uc right after i graduated high school i didn't want to take out any loans um so then coming to lacc i was informed by one of the counselors in general counseling that i actually qualified for fye um and i didn't know i was going to get my second my first and second year paid for so it was super helpful you're going through this huge transitional change from like high school to college courses which is already a huge jump and you're maturing but knowing that like you're receiving that financial help or that financial aid from the program just helps you so much because i didn't have to worry about books and i have to worry about classes and i have to worry about nothing the only thing that i had to put my 100 confidences was in my education not having to worry about oh my god like can i take this class too expensive and like just being able like okay i can take all of these classes and they'll cover it because you know they want me to do well they want me to succeed is really really helpful

throughout my two years with fye i did like meeting with the counselors meeting with the success coaches just getting to know them and knowing that they were there for me throughout my whole journey was something that i really enjoyed um so it is very much like an open door policy you could just stop by rent or have if you have a question or even if you like want to eat your food there they're super opening and welcome and receptive and i love that kind of like a group of people who i can always talk to whether it was like struggling with classes or just struggling with like you know like personal stuff like anxiety or stress like there was always somebody there at the office and you would just go specific classes specifically for first-year students really helped me um i got to meet a lot of new friends who i'm very close with today and then the mixers that we had so halloween mixers and the christmas mixers were really fun um getting just to spend time with the students and the staff and getting to play games music and eating so um those were good times that i had in fye

um it wasn't as scary to go speak to a instructor and ask my questions because they knew i was the first student and i was struggling did that first year to adjust email my professors or visit them during their office hours just so they can help me break down certain assignments or just help me with anything making yourself known to your teachers because who knows how many classes they have a day and how many students they're seeing but if you're recognizable i feel like they're more likely to help you out answer your emails

think of it as like you're working towards your career now so you have to take things much more seriously so in high school you always have somebody telling you oh go to class you know why are you out of class being on time there's nobody doing that you can leave class they're not going to say anything so really anything that you do is up to you so every decision that you make whether good or bad it's going to affect you you're not going to get it right away um and i want everyone to know that you're not gonna get it right away it is gonna be um challenging um but i believe that that's something that i've learned in life that not everything's gonna be a piece of gum it's not going to be easy trust your process don't put too much stress on yourself and be kind to yourself

it's a good environment to be able to go from not the best student to adjusting and becoming the student i am today um and thanks to the first year experience program um along with the counselors eric romero and jessica cerda i was able to not only apply but sex successfully transferred to um cal state dominguez hills and having that support with me got me where i am today so right now i'm at cal state la getting my bachelor's and i wouldn't have done it without the team without the fye team i wouldn't be as confident and as happy with my direction if it weren't for the help of fye so