Welcome to the First Year Experience at CRC!

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Welcome to the First Year Experience at CRC! The First Year Experience (FYE) is designed to give each new student a strong start to college by providing planning, support, and guidance as students begin their educational journey. Faculty and staff will help you succeed in finding the right classes for your major and intended path. Through peer support and relationship building with CRC faculty, staff, and community, you will be successful!

This year's Summer Experience will be August 5 to 16, 2019, Monday to Friday from 8:30 am to 1:00 pm. Register by completing the online registration form.


(916) 691-7031


  • Access to and assistance with the priority registration process
  • Participation in the two-week Summer Experience (August 5th - August 16th, 2019)
    • Highly interactive math and English skill workshops
    • Lunch provided daily
    • Life skills workshops and activities that ease the transition from high school to college
  • Assistance getting textbooks for fall and spring term upon completion of the Summer Experience
  • Individual counseling, tutoring, mentoring and educational planning FYE faculty and staff support throughout your first year in college


  • You must be a first-time college student
  • Attend every day of the Summer Experience
  • Be present at monthly check-ins with faculty and staff during the first year
  • Stay enrolled in the classes listed on your Student Educational Plan (iSEP)
  • Maintain a 15-unit course load during each fall and spring semester that you are enrolled in FYE*
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA or tutoring is mandatory

*Students with disabilities maybe approved for reduced units as an accommodation by Disability Support Programs & Services (DSPS).

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Frequently Asked Questions

What happens after I sign up for Summer Experience?

Enjoy your summer! Staff will reach out to you by email with next steps throughout the summer.

How many units do I need to be enrolled in?

You need to be enrolled in 15 units, or plan to be enrolled in 15 units by the time Summer Experience begins.

Students who are receiving accommodations from DSPS may take fewer units. We will work directly with DSPS to ensure students are supported. 

While 12 units is considered full-time, think of 15 units as being “on-time.” One of CRC’s goals is to support students to reach their goal in 2 years; and since most degrees and transfer require 60 units, taking 15 units a semester will get students out “on-time.”

Additionally, students who are taking 15 units a semester may qualify for the Student Success Completion Grant.

Research also shows that students who take 15 units have higher GPAs, and are more likely to continue (persist).

What if I can't make all the dates of Summer Experience?

In order to receive the textbook assistance benefit, you must attend the full two weeks.

What will I be doing during the two weeks of Summer Experience?

You will be placed into a math and English class that matches your strength in both subjects. These classes are interactive – it’s not your traditional math and English class - and are designed to refresh and strengthen your skills to get you ready for college-level math and English!

There is also a “College Skills” class, and this class is about navigating the campus, learning about resources, and using your strengths to support your success. You will be connected with Peer Mentors and other staff. It’s a great way to get connected and start to feel like you are a part of the CRC community.

Will I need to bring my lunch to Summer Experience?

Lunch will be provided each day of the two week Summer Experience.