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First Year Seminar


What is a First-Year Seminar?

The First-Year Seminar will set the foundation for an incredible collegiate experience full of academic opportunity and personal growth. It is one of the first steps in an exciting educational journey and will help students find their place at WVU.

At the end of their first semester, students will be able to articulate the importance of higher education, develop academic and self-management skills, critical thinking skills, engage in career planning and major /career exploration, and experience diversity, inclusion, and a global perspective.

For a list of all First-Year Seminars, click here (link to quick list).

Who must take a First-Year Seminar?

All first-year students and transfer students with less than 29 credit hours.

Are there any students exempt from FYS?

Students who are entering as first-time freshman and who graduated from high school five or more years ago may be exempt for the First-Year Seminar requirement. Note: This clause is contingent upon the students’ original date of entry to WVU. Questions may be referred to

What are the benefits of the FYS for students?

The course will provide students the opportunity to work more closely with instructors and connect them earlier to their academic department or residence hall and the University at large. Through the goals and objectives of the First-Year Seminar, students will obtain the knowledge and skills necessary for academic student success,

Is a First-Year Seminar required for graduation?

Yes. Successful completion (earning a passing grade) of a First-Year Seminar is required to graduate from West Virginia University.

Is there a transfer equivalent for the First-Year Seminar?

Yes and no. Potomac State and WVU Tech currently offer WVUe 191: First-Year Seminar which is the same course. There are no other transfer equivalents at this time.

When can I register for my First-Year Seminar?

Students can register during New Student Orientation.

How do I register for my First-Year Seminar?

Your Academic Advisor will assist you.

What if I’m taking more than one FYS?

You will register for My Student Success Lab with your major. You will then have to print out your grade book to show your other instructor.

Is there a required FYS textbook?

Yes. See “Where will students purchase the FYS textbook?” for details.

What technology is required for this course?

You will need a computer to access My Student Success Lab. Other requirements are listed on My Student Success Lab.

Where will students purchase the FYS textbook?

All First-Year Seminars use a common text, Cornerstone: Creating Success Through Positive Change, Sixth Edition. The textbook is sold with “custom code” for access to MyStudentSuccessLab 3.0, the on-line companion. Our “custom” package is NOT sold on-line. To ensure students purchase the correct materials, they must purchase the “custom” package from the WVU Bookstore (Barnes & Noble) or The Book Exchange. If students purchase the textbook/code on-line, they will NOT have the correct materials and will not be able to access the on-line portion of the course.

What is MyStudentSuccessLab?

MyStudentSuccessLab 3.0 is the on-line companion. Students will be required to complete assignments and quizzes within MyStudentSuccessLab. It is not possible for a student to pass a First-Year Seminar without completing the on-line assignments.

How do I register for MyStudentSuccessLab?

To register, students will need a “custom” code, which is sold as part of the “custom” textbook package. See “Where will students purchase the FYS textbook?” for purchasing details.

Once a student has purchased the “custom” code and obtained the Course ID from their instructor, they will register for their specific first-year seminar section by going to

It is possible that a student may be using other Pearson on-line products. Students only need one Pearson account. For a list of Pearson on-line products, go to

What if I do not earn a passing grade in my first year seminar?

You must D/F repeat the course or take another FYS.  


WVUE 191. First Year Seminar. 1 Hour.

Exploration of academic experiences through meaningful contexts. the course will envelope a range of academic components needed to achieve student success and successfully transition to West Virginia University.