FYS Enrollment Policies Established by the LSA Dean's Office

Seminars participating in the First-Year Seminar Program are restricted to first-year students. The FYS Office enforces this policy by using a reserve group named Y1 that identifies students who enrolled in UM in the current academic year. Especially by Winter term, this group includes many students who are classified as sophomores due to AP credits. As an exception to this rule, 200-level seminars offered by language departments are open to first- and second-year students.

One of the primary goals of the FYS program is to give incoming students an opportunity to take a small, interactive class taught by regular faculty with substantial faculty-student interaction. They also are intended to focus on discussion and active participation rather than lectures. Both goals are achieved best if enrollment does not exceed more than 18 students.

First-year seminars are very popular with students and tend to fill quickly. At the end of the registration period for first-year students, faculty teaching seminars with lower enrollment may issue permissions to sophomores. Upper-class students, including new transfers to UM, are prohibited from enrolling in FYS. If such students are able to enroll in a seminar, instructors should inform them that they do not meet the enrollment restrictions and that the Registrar's Office will drop them from the class.

In order to promote sound academic choices and provide opportunities for the greatest number of students, students may enroll in only one First Year Seminar per term. The Dean's Office and Academic Advisors will monitor enrollments in First Year Seminars. Students registered for more than one FYS will be advised to drop all but one. As an exception to the rule, a First Year Writing Requirement (FYWR) seminar will not be counted in the policy restricting students to only one FYS per term.


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