The First-Year Experience
The First-Year Experience (FYE) has the intended purpose of providing first-year students with specific resources, support, and programming to allow for a successful transition and acclimation into the Carnegie Mellon and CIT communities. The FYE offers opportunities for you to explore and learn more about the different engineering majors in CIT.
On-line Advising: The summer before first-year students start at Carnegie Mellon, the CIT Dean's Office provides comprehensive advising, using technologies such as Facebook, Skype, IM, podcasts, chatrooms and email. From understanding course schedules, to determining what computer to buy, this early engagement helps new students acclimate better in the transition to college life.
First-Year Advisory Board (FAB): The FAB is the voice of first-year students enrolled in the Carnegie Mellon Institute of Technology. The 12 elected board members act as a liaison between the first-year class and administration, staff and faculty.
Major Information Sessions: At orientation, information sessions are offered to allow you a chance to meet faculty and upper-class students from each of the seven CIT departments.
Introductory Engineering Electives: You will be taking two introductory engineering electives of your choice in your first year. While these courses will develop your analytical skills, they will also introduce you to engineering principles and a specific field of engineering.
Community Service-Learning Projects: Each year the first-year class together organized one or two service-learning projects. The class works together to lend a helping hand to the community.
First-Year Success Series: A series of workshop that are specifically designed to assist first-year students in achieving academic, personal, and professional growth. Each year the series is changed to accommodate students' needs and assessed outcomes.
Meet, Mix, and Mingle: This event allows first-year students to ask individual questions to major-specific engineering faculty and upper-class students in a casual environment. This event has the purpose of helping you declare your CIT major.
Major Blast: A social event planned by the First-Year Advisory Board (FAB) to celebrate student officially declaring their major. Past events included: the Gateway Clipper Boat Cruise, Funfest Entertainment Complex and the Carnegie Science Center complete facility rental.
Orientation Blast: a social event that takes place the week of orientation in August to celebrate the incoming CIT class. Students head off campus to Funfest Entertainment Complex for an evening of bowling, video games, pool, bowling, and a chance to socialize with their classmates.