The Academic First Year Experiences program includes University 100 (The Freshman Seminar), University 396A (Transfer Success Seminar), the Freshman Common Reading Program, and additional resources for first-year students and the faculty and staff who work with them.


The Office of Academic First Year Experiences develops, supports, assesses and improves both teaching and learning in academic programs serving first-year students across the University.


The office sponsors workshops, presentations and other programs for CSUN faculty and staff who are interested in the ideas and activities of the First Year Experience, including student engagement, linked and cohorted courses, interdisciplinary collaboration, transfer student success and learning-centered pedagogy. The program encourages campuswide dialogue and collaboration among faculty, staff and administrators who work extensively with first-year students.

Advisory Committees

The Freshman Seminar and the Transfer Success Seminar steering committees include faculty members as well as advising and student affairs representatives. The Freshman Common Reading Program Selection Committee includes the director of the Freshman Common Reading Program; the director of Academic First Year Experiences; and a dedicated group of other faculty, staff, administrators and students.


Academic First Year Experiences
Program Director: Kim Henige
Valera Hall (VH) 280
(818) 677-3932

Freshman Common Reading Program Director: Heidi Schumacher
Valera Hall (VH) 280
(818) 677-6535

Course Coordinator: Debbi Mercado
Valera Hall (VH) 280
(818) 677-7331

Administrative Analyst/Specialist: Kelly Kroeker
Valera Hall (VH) 280
(818) 677-6535