Campus: San Francisco State University -- August 29, 2000

New SFSU Courses Provide 2,000 Freshmen with Course to Success

A set of 11 new First Year Experience (FYE) courses offered at San Francisco State University this semester will help its more than 2,000 freshmen make a smooth transition to college life.

Each course will focus on developing proper study skills, learning the necessary graduation requirements and other skills imperative to having a successful college career. Similar courses at other universities have proven to increase academic success and retention rates for freshmen.

The courses--which are required for freshmen--are offered in each of SFSU's eight colleges, with additional courses for undeclared, liberal studies (prospective teachers) and residence hall students.

Undeclared freshmen living in the university's residence halls had the option of enrolling in a special FYE course entitled the F.A.S.Track (Freshman Accelerated Success Track) Program. In addition to the general FYE curriculum, F.A.S.Track also addresses residence-related topics such as conflict resolution between roommates and others, personal public safety and drug and alcohol abuse. F.A.S.Track students all live on the same floor of Mary Park Hall and will work together in study groups and various workshops in an effort to build a sense of comraderie and community.

All of the courses are three units and count toward graduation. For details, contact Karen Kingsbury, new student orientation coordinator, at (415) 338-1304 or

SFSU expects an enrollment of 27,600 students for its 101st year of classes, beginning Wednesday, Aug. 30.

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