Frequently Asked Questions

What is the First Year Mentoring Program (FYMP)?

The First Year Mentoring Program (FYMP) is a non-credit opportunity for first-year students focused on assisting them in their transition to CSU.  First Year Mentoring Program groups are made up of one upper-class Peer Mentor, a Faculty/Staff Mentor and a small group (approximately 5-25) of first-year students. Groups meet regularly throughout the fall semester (weekly or every other week) and are based upon an interest, passion or identity to help build small communities for new students as they begin their college experience.

What are the benefits of joining?

The First Year Mentoring Program provides the following:

  • Immediate connection to other new CSU students with shared interests, passions or identities.
  • Useful information about adjusting to CSU that can boost success.
  • Opportunity to immediately get involved in leadership positions, campus activities, clubs and organizations.
  • Opportunity to connect to a faculty/staff member and a successful current CSU student who will serve as mentors and guides your first semester!

What do former FYMP participants say about their experience?

  • For me, the First Year Mentoring Program provided an easier transition into college life. I quickly realized I was surrounded by people going through the same transition as me, and it was great that we could all relate to something we love, dogs. My Dog Lovers Group forced me to relieve my stress and homesickness by taking a break from my day to relax and cool down. I don't know how I would have survived those first few weeks of the semester without my mentor group!
  • The FYMP impacted my personal adjustment to CSU, in a way I believe no other program could. In just one meeting I felt like I was already forming friendships and becoming part of a community. Divas of the Dirt also showed me a tremendous amount of what Fort Collins and Colorado has to offer.
  • I just felt like if I was down or something it was something fun I could do to get my mind off things and just go to have a good time but wasn't like a commitment or anything.
  • It really helped me! It was incredibly amazing to have that one thing that you could constantly rely on to do and get your mind off of the incredible load of stress obtained every day.
  • My personal adjustment was greatly impacted by the First Year Mentoring Program. I was able to transition with ease and make new friends i could contact with any needs or help.
  • Applying and participating in the First Year Mentoring Program was one of the best decisions I could have made. I learned so much this semester, and I'm sad that the semester is already over!
  • I made a lot of new friends in the Program and the Faculty/Staff Mentors let us know that if we ever needed help we could always rely on them. Knowing that I had so many people to rely on helped me to feel more at home and welcome.
  • The First Year Mentoring Program helped me to know that there are other women on campus who like doing outdoor activities who are not necessarily hardcore about it. They were all in the same position I am: new to the school and to the activities and resources that Fort Collins has to offer. It helped me to learn that, even outside of my mentoring group, I could organize events with other people around me so that we can all familiarize ourselves with our environment together.
  • Participating in the First Year Mentoring Program helped me to allow myself to drop my guard accept people for who they are. From here on out, I won't just judge people from a first appearance until I get to know them better.

When is the first group meeting?

The First Year Mentoring Program experience begins with the FYMP Kickoff on Tuesday, August 25, 2015 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. in the Lory Student Center Theater. You will meet your Faculty/Staff Mentor and Peer Mentor at that time.

How long do FYMP group meetings/activities last?

Typically group meetings or activities last about an hour, however, this varies depending on the specific activity that is planned.  Please ask your Peer Mentor for more details.

Can I join more than one group?

Typically, students join just one FYMP group as we'd encourage you to commit to involvement in that one group.

If I am in Key Communities, Global Village Learning Community, the Honors Program or the College of Business Mentoring Program can I still join a FYMP group?

Yes, although some first-year students find it challenging to maintain commitments to multiple programs in their first semester.  Also, please note that by  joining a FYMP group in addition to these aformentioned experiences, you will have multiple Peer Mentors contacting you throughout the semester.

If I have questions, who do I contact?

If you have any additional questions, feel free to call Orientation & Transition Programs at (970) 491-6011 or e-mail Keith Lopez, Assistant Director, Transition Programs at