First Year Experience

New, first-time college students are required to take the First Year Experience (FYE) course (IDS K105) in the first or second semester of their college program or before attaining 30 credits.

The intent of the FYE course is to acquaint students with higher education and to provide specific skills which will maximize students’ opportunity for academic success. Emphasis is placed on interdisciplinary learning strategies, life management skills, active participation in the college community.

First Year Experience Exemption

Students may request an exemption from IDS K105 if they meet one of the following requirements:

    • Student has completed a credit-bearing associate degree or higher from an accredited institution.
    • Student has completed a minimum of 15 college-level credits with a GPA of 2.5/4.0 or better at an accredited institution at the time of admission or readmission.
    • Student has successfully completed the Three Rivers Community College Assessment of Prior Learning (APL) program.
    • Student has transferred a minimum of 15 military/police academy credits.

The First Year Experience Student Exemption Form should be completed by the student and his/her academic advisor. Completed forms should be submitted to Rhonda Spaziani in office C148 or via email at

For additional information regarding First Year Experience, email or call Rhonda Spaziani at or (860) 215-9293.