Center for Student Engagement

Common Reading Program

The FIU common reading book program is tailored specifically for incoming first year students as a way of providing students with a common experience. Students are expected to have read the book before the first day of class and will join together with faculty and peers to discuss and think critically about key concepts. The common reading program will encourage students to partake in intellectual engagement and will create a sense of community among newly admitted Panthers.

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Exploratory Courses

Exploratory courses are designed to assist students through self-discovery for the purpose of choosing and planning for a major and career path. Students will learn how to utilize career resources on campus and make career related decisions. They will explore various career options and interests while establishing a more effective method for choosing major.

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Peer Mentor Program

Energetic FIU student leaders assist incoming students during their SLS course. They volunteer to be role models for their peers and are great resource guides inside and outside of the classroom. Peer Mentors assist the SLS instructor by collaborating on classroom discussions and by creating icebreakers and team building activities. To become a Peer Mentor you must be a current undergraduate student and have a 2.5 GPA or above.

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Other Academic Resources for First Year Students

First Year Experience Librarian

The FIU library system can seem overwhelming at first however FIU has designated a First Year Experience librarian who can help students with various research questions and inquiries about library resources. The FYE librarian can also assist students with information on reserving study rooms and technological tools.

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Center for Academic Success

The Center for Academic Success offers free tutoring for mathematics, sciences, an reading. Services are also offered in specified learning and studying techniques.

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Center for Excellence in Writing

The Center for Academic Excellence focuses on student proficiency in writing and grammar. Students can schedule appointments to review papers and examine techniques for research, grant writing, and personal statements for graduate school.

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