The First Year Experience at SJSU

Transitioning to SJSU from high school or another college/university can be difficult, but we aim to provide resources to make the transition as smooth as possible. On this page, find resources for SJSU parents, families and students in their first year. Students often turn to parents and other family members for support, and being knowledgable about SJSU resources will help our students find the resources they need on campus!

First Year Experience Resources for Parents/Families

Cycle of the First Academic Year (PDF) - Read and print this list to be prepared for feelings and emotions your child may experience during the first year, especially if they have moved away from home to come to SJSU. This handout was adapted from, and is used with permission from the University of Minnesota, Parent Program's handout: "Cycle of the First Academic Year".

Other Resources for parents/families of SJSU students - Resources include helpful websites and books for parents/family, and campus resources available to SJSU students.


Frosh First Year Experience Resources

First Year Experience Programs at SJSU - First Year Experience classes, programs and services including MUSE, orientation, remediation and the peer mentor center.

Advising Information for Incoming Frosh on the Hub - Information on what a successful student may need to be thinking about and doing while attending SJSU.

Academic Advising & Retention Services Frosh Advising webpage- Advising information especially for frosh students at SJSU, including orientation, remediation and student success.

(see Courses Designed for First Year Students below)


Transfer First Year Experience Resources

Transfer Orientation - An orientation program designed to acclimate transfer students to SJSU.

Advising Information for Incoming Transfer Students on the Hub - Information on what a successful student may need to be thinking about and doing while attending SJSU.

Academic Advising & Retention Services Transfer Advising webpage - Information about transferring successfully to SJSU and how to fulfill University requirements to obtain a Bachelor's Degree.


Courses Designed for First Year Students

Science 2: Success in Science - A "boot camp" course designed to help frosh science students develop study skills, and orient them to university life.

Science 90T: Success as Transfers - A course designed to assist all transfer students in becoming successful scholars at San Jose State University.

BUS 10: Discovering Business - An intro to business course recommended for frosh business majors, which "directs students toward career paths that best reflect their personal aptitudes and interests."

ENGR 10: Intro to Engineering - A course designed to teach students about the various aspects of the engineering profession and acquire skills required for a major in engineering.

EDCO 4: Personal, Academic and Career Exploration - This course aims to assist students in finding a major and to orient students to SJSU.