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First Year Experience

Become an expert student from the jump

Join Cabrillo's First Year Experience for an easy transition into college

Just a few of the perks of FYE:

  • Guaranteed Fulltime Enrollment includes General Education requirements in English, math, and ethnic studies to complete your goal of an Associate Degree or transfer to a UC, CSU, or private university

  • Registration is done for you. You are registered in the FYE Cohort that matches your major. View the class schedules for each cohort

  • Open to all, priority given to students from local high schools with the goal of earning a degree or transferring to university

  • Dedicated Academic and Career Counseling and referrals to support services

  • Academic success with built -in extra support for all math courses

  • Connect with like-minded students in your field

  • Inclusive, safe learning environment

  • Workshops to learn what's needed to be successful student

  • Book grants for eligible students

  • Make friends at fun events

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Space available, no waiting
Select your cohort based on your major
  1. Watsonville | STEM: Agricultural Plant Sciences, Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Engineering, Environmental Science, Geology, Horticulture, Information Technology, Mathematics, Physics, Sustainability & Environmental Studies

  2. Aptos | Entrepreneurship and Business: Accounting, Business, Computer Applications, Culinary Arts, Hospitality Management, Construction Energy Management, Economics, Horticulture, Music Technology and Recording Arts, Wine Studies

  3. Aptos | Global and Human Studies: Anthropology, Art History, Communication Studies, Criminal Justice, Early Childhood Education, Economics, Elementary Teacher Education, English, Geography, History, Human Services, Journalism, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish, Women's Studies

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Be part of community with dedicated faculty, staff and peer mentors
Explore your place in the world
Classes taught with you in mind
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FYE faculty have training in Educational Justice
FYE is a place for everyone to learn in safety and with respect
Fun events outside the classroom
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Workshops, field trips to universities and cultural centers, games, theater and club events
Make the most of college
Preparation, Guidance, Opportunity, Achievement
Create Success in Your First Year, Experience the Ease and Support of FYE