The Academic First Year Experiences program includes University 100 (Freshman Seminar), University 301 (Transfer Success Seminar), and additional resources for first-year students and the faculty and staff who work with them.


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


Academic First Year Experiences sponsors workshops and other programs for CSUN faculty and staff who are interested in supporting first-year students, including student engagement and success, linked and cohorted courses, community engagement, and equity-based 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.


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) 677-7331

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