STARS First Year Experience (FYE):
Learning Communities Program


STARS First Year Experience: General Education and transfer


The STARS First Year Experience: General education and transfer is a program that helps you transition smootly to Cabrillo while helping you explore different options for transfering to a four-year university and/or completing your Associates degree. Each semester during your first year at Cabrillo students take English and math and get to choose other courses in their field of your choice. STARS also has students take a First Year Experience seminar where they build awareness and get practice in success-oriented habits, using resources, time management, study and test taking techniques, and learning how to thrive in college. The courses and classroom activities are designed to foster an environment for student success, connecting you to supportive campus resources and a positive academic community.


The STARS First Year Experience program courses for 2014-15:

Fall 2014 Schedule: Click HERE


Cabrillo Orientation:

2-day orientation August 28-29

A student and family BBQ on Saturday, August 29


Fall semester 2014 courses

  • Math 154 (Beginning College Algebra)– includes math support with supplemental instruction (peer-led tutoring)
  • English 100 and lab – elements of writing
  • DMCP 130 – First Year Experience Semianr
  • Student Choice of transfer-level courses- to fulfill degree requirements

Spring semester 2015 courses

  • Math 152 (Intermediate College Algebra) – includes supplemental instruction (peer-led tutoring)
  • English 1A and Library 10 (co-requsite with English 1A) - college composition
  • Student Choice of transfer-level courses- to fulfill degree requirements


Eligibility: You can join the STARS program if you:

  • Are interested in transferring to a four-year university and being a full-time student (12 units or more per semester)
  • Commit to taking STARS courses and attending STARS activites during orientation and fall and spring semester
  • Have taken the assessment test in math 154 and English 100
  • Students who have not attended college full-time within the last three years and have less than 15 attempted units
  • Students who want support in successfully transitioning to Cabrillo during their first year

Benefits for Students in STARS Learning Communities

  • Early / Priority Class Registration- convenient block schedule and guaranteed enrollment
  • Take English and math required to transfer to a university
  • Make new friends – take classes together and meet other students and teachers at Cabrillo!
  • Math Tutoring and extra support through Supplemental Instruction
  • Activities and STARS Club events (career workshops, club activities, study skills workshops, etc.)
  • Guest Speakers and field trips related to the university and transfer opportunities
  • First Year Experience Faculty - caring and committed instructors dedicated to student success
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