Academic Component

FYI 100 First Year Introduction


FYI 100, First Year Introduction, is an important component  of Eastern’s First-Year Experience. This course is designed to  give first-time, full-time students a rich and comprehensive introduction to  academics, campus life, and the liberal arts philosophy at Eastern. In the fall semester of their first year at  Eastern, students will sign up for FYI 100. In this 3-credit introductory course, students will gain the necessary skills of good scholarship and work closely and  interactively in a small class with a faculty member, a peer mentor, and fellow classmates. Students will also be acquainted with resources and services available on campus, as well as clubs, activities, and other programs vital to the Eastern experience.

FYI 100 Goals


The overriding goal of the First-Year Experience is to ensure  that every first-time, full-time student makes a successful transition to  college. To help achieve this goal, FYI 100 promotes the following objectives:

  • Campus Survival Skills:

Students will be introduced to skills that enhance an understanding of campus and community resources. A peer mentor and a faculty member will cover topics such  as registration and advising, academic integrity, time management, and financial  literacy.

  • Academic Skills:

Through the academic subject matter in each seminar section, students will be introduced to the intellectual and  academic skills that correspond to the higher academic standards they will be  expected to meet during their study at Eastern. The academic skills covered in FYI 100 include reading, writing, giving oral reports, library research, test-taking, and critical  thinking–all integral parts of Eastern’s liberal arts education.

  • Creating Learning Communities:

In  order to establish and maintain interpersonal relationships, FYI 100 classes consist of small groups of 25 students. Each class is a learning community that promotes collaboration between students, a peer mentor, and a faculty member both in and outside of the classroom. In addition, FYI 100 can be articulated  through a specific theme, major, or activity.