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The First-Year Experience

Kalamazoo College prides itself in its strong First-Year Experience (FYE) Program, which weaves together hands-on involvement, experiential learning, and mentorship within the context of a rigorous academic life. Key components of the program include First-Year Seminars, First-Year Forums, Peer Leader mentors, Advising, and Summer Common Reading. With these pillars, the FYE helps K students to:

  • achieve academic success
  • identify and pursue passions
  • connect with Kalamazoo College and the greater Kalamazoo communities
  • construct complex intercultural understandings
  • develop a purpose-filled and balanced life

Recognition and Awards for the First-Year Experience Program

  • A Featured College in Achieving and Sustaining Institutional Excellence for the First Year of College.
  • One of 13 “Institutions of Excellence in the First College Year” by National Policy Center on the First Year of College.
  • Recognized as a “program that really works” by U.S. News & World Report for three consecutive years.
  • FYE program director Dr. Zaide Pixley was named an “Outstanding First-Year Advocate” by the National Resource Center for the First-Year Experience and Students in Transition in 2006.

For more information, contact:
Dr. Zaide Pixley, Dean of the First Year & Advising

(269) 337-5755;