First Year Seminar
- What is a First-Year Seminar?
- Who must take a First-Year Seminar?
- Are there any students exempt from FYS?
- What are the benefits of the FYS for students?
- Is a First-Year Seminar required for graduation?
- Is there a transfer equivalent for the First-Year Seminar?
- When can I register for my First-Year Seminar?
- How do I register for my First-Year Seminar?
- What if I’m taking more than one FYS?
- Is there a required FYS textbook?
- What technology is required for this course?
- Where will students purchase the FYS textbook?
- What is MyStudentSuccessLab?
- How do I register for MyStudentSuccessLab?
- What if I do not earn a passing grade in my 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).
All first-year students and transfer students with less than 29 credit hours.
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 FYS@mail.wvu.edu
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,
Yes. Successful completion (earning a passing grade) of a First-Year Seminar is required to graduate from West Virginia University.
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.
Students can register during New Student Orientation.
Your Academic Advisor will assist you.
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.
Yes. See “Where will students purchase the FYS textbook?” for details.
You will need a computer to access My Student Success Lab. Other requirements are listed on My Student Success Lab.
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.
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.
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 http://mystudentsuccesslab.com
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 http://pearsonmylabandmastering.com/programs
You must D/F repeat the course or take another FYS.