First Year Experience
First Year Experience


The First Year Experience Program (FYE) at Montgomery College consists of a series of orientation activities, programs, and courses to help you ease into the demands and challenges of college life; forge connections with counselors, faculty, staff and peers; and prepare you for academic success at MC.


There are two types of orientation for new students at Montgomery College. 

New Student Orientation

Required for all degree-seeking students. Through New Student Orientation (NSO), we will answer your questions about MC, connect you to campus resources, and help you capitalize on your college experience. New Student Orientation is available both in-person and online. 

Academic Orientation

Required for all students. Learn all about academic planning by completing an online academic orientation session. The program can be accessed online anytime and usually takes about 30 minutes to complete.


FYE Activities and Resources 
FYE Summer Bridge Program

Prepare to meet the demands of college by bridging the gap between high school and college. 

2018 FYE Summer Bridge Program brochure  (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) 

The FYE Summer Bridge Program includes a one-credit course (First Year Seminar: STSU 100) that allows students to experience the college environment prior to the fall term. Through structured and integrated activities, students are prepared to meet the demands of college by bridging the gap between high school and college. Statistics consistently have shown that students who attend a summer bridge program achieve higher grade point averages, have higher retention rates, and experience higher graduation rates than students who do not attend such programs. After completing the program, students typically demonstrate more confidence and self-assuredness—and are better prepared to begin college.

Students should attend the course on the campus on which they intend to take classes. They should also commit to enrolling at Montgomery College in the fall semester immediately following the First Year Seminar. Enrollment is limited; scholarships may be available.

What Will Students Do in the First Year Seminar?

  • Explore goals and career direction
  • Develop an education plan that meets their goals
  • Learn how to access campus resources and services
  • Discover new study and time management skills
  • Understand costs and financial aid opportunities
  • Improve team-building and problem-solving skills
  • Become familiar with the campuses
  • Understand graduation requirements
  • Increase knowledge of MC policies/procedures
  • Meet other students, faculty, and staff
  • Investigate transfer information
First Year Seminars

Seminars focus on strategies to help you become a successful student and assist you in developing an education plan. 

Seminars focus on strategies to help you become a successful student and assist you in developing an education plan that will guide your selection of classes and transfer.
  • Seminar for First Year Students: STSU 100
  • Seminar for International Students: STSU 101

Discuss your choice of FYE Seminars with a counselor. 

FYE Passport Program

Complete your FYE passport in your first year and get entered in a drawing for an Amazon Echodot with Alexa! 

The First Year Experience Passport Program is open to all first-time, degree-seeking students new to MC in their first two semesters. The FYE Passport Program navigates first year students to campus resources. Students engage in activities and connect with students, faculty and staff as they travel around campus and participate in activities that are described in the passport, getting their passport signed.

Once students complete a minimum of one activity in each of the categories, students will be entered into a drawing to win a prize. Students may submit completed Passports through the end of students' first year (Fall or Spring term) of enrollment at the College.

Students must be currently registered to be entered in the drawing. Download your Passport  (PDF, Download Acrobat Reader) and begin documenting your journey.

How do I enter the drawing?

Complete the Passport in ONE semester or by the end of the school year. Turn in the Passport by Friday, May 11, 2018, to Angela Dawson, 16D Campus Center/Rockville Campus OR turn it in to a FYE Coordinator on the other campuses: Tyra Peanort, SA/175 (Germantown) or Shelly Bennett, ST249 (Takoma Park/Silver Spring).

The drawing will occur on Friday, May 18, 2018. The winner will be contacted by email and phone by Wednesday, May 23, 2018.  Response to claim the prize must be returned within 48 hours or a new winner will be selected.


FYE Student Ambassadors

FYE Student Ambassadors

FYE Student ambassadors play a key role in assisting first-year students with the transition to college.

Student ambassadors are a select group of student leaders dedicated to serving first-year students by fostering support in academic performance and social development inside and outside the classroom.

FYE ambassador Role

Role and Qualifications

  • Participate in FYE classes, Summer Bridge, New Student Orientation, Welcome Week and other engaging events designed for First Year students
  • Promote FYE and Student Life college/campus events and activities
  • Serve as leaders, mentors and positive role models for new MC students

Qualifications to become an FYE Student ambassador

  • Enrolled at MC at time of application and while participating in the program
  • Completed at least 12 credit hours at MC
  • Completed of STSU 100 or STSU 101 with a grade of ‘B’ or better
  • Earned an overall GPA of 3.0 or better at MC
  • Able to make a one academic year commitment (fall/spring)
  • Available 6-7 hours each week

Benefits of being an FYE Student ambassador:

  • Develop relationships with MC faculty, staff, and students
  • Enhance leadership skills
  • Expand work experience
  • Improve presentation and facilitation skills
  • Increase self-awareness
  • Widen awareness of the college/campus
  • Enhance Resume
Meet the Ambassadors

Biographies and Photos

Cheoa Orr

Chenoa Orr
Hometown: Silver Spring, MD
Major: General Studies (SSAH)
What you like most about MC? There are so many things I like about MC; the people are wonderful, the opportunities are endless, and the professors are phenomenal.

What you found most beneficial from STSU 100: First-Year Seminar or Summer Bridge: I found the information about financial aid to be the most beneficial; acquiring financial aid is such an important task but learning about the process put me at ease. It made me feel like I was on the right track regarding getting myself situated.

Advice for new students: DON’T EVER SKIP! Not that I would ever know, but don’t do it. Also, get your study skills and time management down pat. There are tons of resources on the internet, plus people on campus who are always ready to help.

Your best/favorite MC experience: My favorite experience is being an ambassador. I enjoy helping out in classes and other events going on; I like being involved and having a chance to help new students and share my experiences in the hope that it will help them.

Campus resource you find most valuable or made the most use of: The resource I use the most is probably the library (that’s the first place to check if you’re ever looking for me). It allows a quiet place to study, tons of interesting books, and the most wonderful staff. I’m also fond of the Macs that they have on the ground floor.

Student Ambassador Stephanie Pineda

Stephanie Pineda
 Silver Spring, MD
Major: Digital Animation

What you like most about MC? What I like most about MC is the Student Life community. They bring so much opportunity and diversity for students like me to form relationships, as well as develop leadership skills. I've become rather fond of the MC community at the Germantown campus. It helps a lot to know the people, network and collaborate.

What you found most beneficial from STSU 100: First-Year Seminar or Summer Bridge: STSU 100 has helped me a lot to transition from a high school to a college environment. Being an FYE Student ambassador has opened a lot of doors for me. I've also became more aware of the resources that are offered on campus. STSU 100 is highly recommended if you're a little nervous about your first year college experience!

Advice for new students: I would advise students to stay involved and keep the connections they have with people on campus. You'll never know when you're in need of something, and that someone you know can assist you with something! Always keep track of how you're delegating your time. A planner helps. Any sort of material that helps you organize yourself will keep you in check regarding academic and personal commitments! Know when to cut back from activities. Don't ever over extend yourself!

Your best/favorite MC experience: My favorite MC experience would be attending the conferences that Student Life offers for Student Leaders. I love traveling out of town and tuning in on wisdom that public speakers share! I always learn something important from them and reflect on how I handle myself in situations.

Campus resource you find most valuable or made the most use of: I personally find the library to be the most helpful resource I use on campus. Primarily because when I need a place to study for a quiz, work quietly, or am in need to borrow a laptop; I can always count on the library for that. I mostly work in spaces where there are few people so that I don't become distracted by others.

Benny Appiah

Benny Appiah
Ghana, Africa
Major: Nursing

What you like most about MC? Resources and Convenience.

What you found most beneficial from STSU 100: First-Year Seminar or Summer Bridge: Study tips and Time management.

Advice for new students: Work on time management, learn to say no and maintain priorities, and get involved!

Your best/favorite MC experience: Working as a Student ambassador and being involved with Student Life

Campus resource you find most valuable or made the most use of: Learning Centers.

Keren Nsoyori

Keren Nsoyori
Bamenda, Cameroon
Major: Biological Sciences

What you like most about MC? I like the patience of the faculty and staff.

What you found most beneficial from STSU 100: First-Year Seminar or Summer Bridge: I found the “what I wish I knew” sessions most helpful and learning about new resources.

Advice for new students: New students should know that there is always help. If they are not sure where to start they can start with counselors.

Your best/favorite MC experience: My favorite MC experience was the New Student Fair.

Campus resource you find most valuable or made the most use of: I made the most use of the Science Learning Center.

Apply to be an FYE Student Ambassador 

2018-2019 Application is available now. Complete and submit the online application by Friday, April 20th at 4:00 p.m.

Apply Now!


Find FYE on Campus
Germantown Campus

Science and Applied Studies Building, Room 252
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Rockville Campus

Counseling Building, Room 215
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

Student Services Building, Room 233
Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.




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