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The FYI Program


What is the FYI Program?

FYI stands for "First-Year Initiative," and is the type of popular living-learning community freshmen nationwide are choosing to live in. FYI blends living in a residence hall where half the students in the building are first-year students, with taking one or two courses in common during the fall semester.

What will I get out of FYI?

  • Living with students you’ll recognize in class
  • Developing a special rapport with instructors and other students
  • Having a "Resident Mentor" peer advisor who’s been in FYI, right in your hall
  • Leadership skills and lasting friendships!

What are some of the benefits of FYI?

Click here to view the complete FYI Brochure
> Click here to meet the FYI Resident Mentors


How do I apply to FYI?

You will receive a First-Year Application notice by e-mail by the end of May when the application process goes “live” online. Applications and a wait-list are on a first-come, first-served basis.

If you have any specific questions now, you can e-mail Robin Cohen-La Valle, the Associate Dean of Students at cohenr@newpaltz.edu or call her or her staff at  (845) 257-3088.