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 academic orientation advising session. Academic orientation is available on campus (MAP or IMAP) or online (eMAP or eIMAP). Sessions usually take about two hours.


FYE Activities and Resources 
FYE Summer Bridge Program

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

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 or contact Angela Dawson for assistance selecting the courses that are right for you. 

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, FYE, 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. Click here to DOWNLOAD your Passport and begin documenting your journey.


CM = Career and Major Exploration: assist with exploring different college majors and academic fields as well as defining career goals.

G/C = Global/Cultural: expand your knowledge of other cultures, languages, artistic expression. Attend events that are performances, poetry readings, art exhibits, events sponsored by a department specializing in women’s studies, language studies, a specific cultural/ethnic studies department, festivities and events with a cultural theme to get to know a culture that is not your own.

A = Academic Events: expand learning outside the classroom by participating in co-curricular activities and sharpen academic skills through broadening understanding of academic resources available on campus. Attend a lecture, tutoring, writing lab, department-sponsored events.

SC = Social and Community Events: engage in campus community activities that allow you to meet new people, attend club meeting, volunteer or help others and have fun along the way.

F = Financial Literacy: learn about financial aid and how to manage finances to get the most out of the money you have.

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.


Find FYE on Campus
Germantown Campus

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

Rockville Campus

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

Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

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




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