The Residential First Year Experience (FYE)

Hecht and Stanford Residential Colleges along with floor wings on all three floors of Eaton Residential College house all first-year students who live together in a purposive community specifically dedicated to their academic success and successful transition to the University of Miami.  Student staff – Resident Assistants (RA) and Academic Fellows (AF) - will live on the floors and work with the students to create communities that assist students with transitioning to the University, learning about campus and academic resources, and maximizing their learning at the University of Miami. Students will meet their RA and AF during move-in and these student leaders will go travel with them through first-year student orientation sessions and activities.

FYE at the University of Miami is a campus-wide, collaborative effort to give first-year students the resources and support they need to make a smooth transition into the campus community.  FYE programs and services help our new students learn to navigate campus and available resources, and addresses the issues most common to first-year students.

While coming to college may seem overwhelming at first, we have a variety of programs and resources available to help students adjust to college-level coursework, and to help students discover the academic, social, and personal balance that leads to graduation.  We want first-year students to make connections not just among themselves, but with returning undergraduates, with their faculty, and with administration.


Enhancing the undergraduate experience of first-year students is our priority, and is founded upon meaningful student engagement experiences. Our goal is to enable first-year student success through the development of enhanced learning opportunities and enriching educational experiences within a supportive campus environment. The student learning outcomes of the First-Year Experience program are based upon four central themes, which include (1) Academic Success, (2) Community, (3) Transition, and (4) Safety/Wellness.

Academic Success

First-year students will be able to identify the academic requirements and expectations of the institution, the resources provided to support their academic success and career development, and opportunities available for interaction with faculty both within and outside of the classroom


First-year students will be able to articulate what it means to be a member of a global community both within and outside the collegiate environment through open dialogue, involvement opportunities, leadership development, and civic engagement

First-year students will be able to increase their awareness and appreciation of diversity in its broadest sense, foster respect for others, promote tolerance, and affirm differences among people both within and beyond the institution


First-year students will be able to integrate academically and socially by making the campus connections that will increase their knowledge of resources, services and programs

First-year students will be able to explore who they are and examine what they believe and value while establishing and maintaining effective interpersonal relationships


First-year students will be able to demonstrate how being proactive in their approach to making informed life choices, taking responsibility for their actions, and utilizing appropriate resources helps them to maintain their personal health, wellness and safety