The mission of Academic First Year Experiences (AFYE) is to support incoming freshmen and transfer students and help them successfully transition to college life and the academic experience at CSU, Northridge. AFYE classes (UNIV 100 and UNIV 301) provide both academic and social enrichment, as well as opportunities for students to:

  • Increase their sense of belonging at CSUN through engagement with the people and places that will be important to their success.
  • Gain knowledge and skills that will help them in their academic and intellectual development.
  • Participate in activities and learn strategies to better understand themselves and to nurture their holistic well-being.
  • Become self-reliant in identifying and using appropriate university resources that will help them to be academically, personally, and socially successful.

To improve retention and student learning outcomes, AFYE also offers learning communities and cohorted classes, as well as community engagement opportunities for freshmen, and equity-based and learning-centered pedagogy training for faculty.


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

AFYE Course Coordinator and Community-Based Learning Programs Coordinator: Debbi Mercado
Valera Hall (VH) 280
(818) 677-6535

Administrative Analyst/Specialist: Cynthia Gomez
Valera Hall (VH) 280
(818) 677-6535