Texas Tech University

First-Year Experience Requirement

Regardless of major, all incoming Honors first year are required to participate in the Honors College First-Year Experience Program. This program has two components: the First-Year Experience course and the Learning Community Group.

The First-Year Experience (FYE) course is an Honors course specifically designed for newly admitted Honors students. These courses are taught by top faculty across campus and capped at enrollments not exceeding eighteen students. Students may select from a varied list of courses based on their degree requirements and/or personal interests. All FYE courses provide some form of core curriculum or lower-level degree credit. See our 2019 Fall FYE course list.

The Learning Community Group (LCG) is a complementary component of the FYE. It is led by two upperclass Honors student mentors whose job it is to help first year students as they transition to university life. Each LCG section is matched to a specific FYE course, so students meet with the same classmates in their LCG section and in their FYE course. All LCG sections provide one hour of course credit, and attendance at all 14 weekly LCG sessions is MANDATORY.

Professors of the FYE courses are often involved in the LCG sections, and the LCG mentors also attend the FYE course lectures (though they are not responsible for helping with the subject matter). The continuous interaction between faculty, student mentors, and newly admitted students fosters an invaluable community for first-year Honors students.

Dr. Sanfrancisco in his lab with students

Selecting an FYE Course

A full list of FYE courses and their corresponding LCG sections may be found here: 2019 Fall FYE course list. There is no comprehensive list of FYE courses available on Raiderlink, so please reference the list on our website as you consider your options.

The First-Year Experience Program is a mandatory portion of the Honors curriculum. Incoming First-year student Honors students must have one FYE course and its corresponding LCG section on their schedules before the first day of classes or else they will be removed from the College. We recommend finding an FYE course before planning any of your other courses since FYE courses have limited availability and are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Because FYE courses are matched to specific LCG sections, both times must work in your schedule for you to take either. If the LCG time conflicts with a course in your schedule, you must choose a different FYE course altogether. If you are using the Schedule Builder Tool on Raiderlink, it is important to note that the system does not accurately link FYEs to their specific LCGs. Reference the times on our provided list found here: 2019 Fall FYE course list then manually block these times on Schedule Builder before adding other classes. Do not forget to block your LCG time, as well.

FYE Course Availability

FYE courses fill on a first-come, first-served basis during summer registration. If the remaining course choices are not your top preferences, you are still required to make a course selection. Our advisors are happy to provide guidance should you have trouble selecting an FYE course, but we are unable to override students into FYE courses once they have filled.

Registering Successfully for a First-Year Experience Course

Registration for FYE courses opens along with general registration on Day 2 of RRO. Unlike non-FYE Honors courses (explained below), students do not need to obtain permission from an Honors advisor before registering for their chosen FYE course.

Instructions on how to register successfully for an FYE course are provided on the RRO Registration Guide page.

Honors College