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First Year Experience

First Year Experience (FYE) is a collection of people, resources, and programs designed to help you navigate your first year successfully, connect to the people and happenings at UNLV, and set yourself up for a successful transition to UNLV.

Welcome to your First Year Experience (FYE)! Becoming a UNLV student is a huge deal. You’ve already accomplished so much to get here; now, we’re committed to helping you create a college experience that lives up to those accomplishments. Here’s the good news: you get to customize and create an FYE that works for you.

Based on what we know from research and experience, here are five key things we recommend you do to maximize your First Year Experience: connect, explore, grow, thrive, and believe. Read more below about the programs, people, and resources here to help you do just that.


You’re not in this alone! Connect with the people on your “FYE Success Team” for guidance, support, and answers to all your questions.


Create memories and build leadership skills by getting involved and experiencing campus traditions and events.


Set yourself up for long-term success and grow toward goals that matter to you.


Thrive at UNLV by managing your wellness and reflecting on your identities and values.

  • Balance your health and well-being with free or low-cost resources in the Student Wellness Center
  • Get personalized tips and tools to take care of your health with YOU@UNLV
  • Reflect on your identity and have meaningful conversations about UNLV’s Common Read
  • Contribute to a diverse and inclusive campus environment that provides affirming resources and services for everyone


Celebrate your accomplishments, and know that your FYE is just the beginning of an incredible college experience!

  • Honor milestones in your FYE by attending the First 100 Days Celebration in December and the Welcome to Spring recognition event in January
  • Rise up into your second year experience! Attend Rebels Rising Up Day in spring & get ready to join Rebels Rise in your sophomore year.

FYE Connection Award

We know engaging with FYE programs makes a big impact on student success. That’s why we created the FYE Connection Award to reward your participation. The FYE Connection Award provides $500 scholarships to 10 new-to-UNLV students each fall and spring semester. Eligible students can gain up to 10 entries for attending qualified FYE experiences throughout each semester. To be eligible for the FYE Connection Award, you must be a First Year or Transfer student starting at UNLV in Fall 2022 or Spring 2023. You must also be a degree-seeking student enrolled in at least 6 credits. See a full list of eligible FYE Connection Award Experiences on the FYE 2022-2023 Canvas Course.

Contact fye@unlv.edu with any questions, and follow us on social media to stay connected.

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