Welcome to UC Davis! All incoming first-year freshman and transfer students, including international students, will have the opportunity to participate in the First-Year Aggie Connections (FYAC) program. Participating in a Connection (a group of around 25 students with a common interest or theme) provides students the opportunity to have an immediate, small support network among a large student body. Each Connection has a staff or faculty facilitator along with a peer mentor who helps first-year students transition to UC Davis campus culture.
Each Connection is different --- some are associated with for-credit seminars, others are affiliated with on-campus groups, and others are based on a common academic or co-curricular interest. Take a look at our Connections Categories page to see the types of programs that participate.
Although each Connection is different, all have around 25 students, meet regularly during fall quarter, present a specific curriculum and participate in FYAC social activities.
Why you should join a Connection?
- To meet people! You are immediately surrounded by a group of other first-years with whom you share something in common. You also have the unique opportunity to forge a relationship with a UC Davis staff/faculty member from day one.
- To figure out the lay of the land. UC Davis is a large research university. There are so many opportunities and resources that it can sometimes be overwhelming. Each Connection focuses on how to transition to campus life and make the most of all UC Davis has to offer.
- To get involved. Connections will participate in a number of campus activities, including a large fall social. This is a great way to network and bond with new friends.
How do I join a Connection?
- Connections with open registration are offered during the fall and winter quarters, spring quarter Connections are only offered through existing on campus programs
- You will have the opportunity to register for a Connection during registration Pass Times
- Check out our Connection Category listings page to search for Connections and to register
- For-credit Connection registration: find the CRN and add it using Schedule Builder
- Not for credit Connection registration: follow the link to the Campus Recreation website, create an account, and register
- Once you’ve registered add the meeting time to your schedule, you will meet your Connection during the first week of the quarter!
- Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or see our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is First-Year Aggie Connections?
- First-Year Aggie Connections (FYAC) groups first-year students (freshmen and transfers, including international students) into 25-person “Connections” based on a shared purpose, interest, or theme. Connections meet regularly for one academic quarter and are led by staff or faculty facilitators who engage students in discussions surrounding crucial topics related to transitioning to life at UC Davis.
- What do all Connections have in common?
- All Connections have around 25 students, meet regularly during one quarter, present a specific curriculum related to transition to UC Davis, and participate in FYAC social activities.
- Can I join more than one Connection?
- You may join more than one Connection as long as they fit in your class schedule. Please keep in mind that Connections meet once a week for 50 minutes. Connection meetings are highly recommended for students enrolled.
- I need help with Connection registration or troubleshooting.
- Connections with open registration are offered during the fall and winter quarters. Spring quarter Connections are only offered through existing on-campus programs.
For-credit Connection registration: find the CRN on the FYAC website and add it using Schedule Builder.
Not for credit Connection registration: follow the registration link on our website to the Campus Recreation site & create an account. After creating an account click on the First-Year Aggie Connections tab on the left side of the page to view our full list of Connections. Find the Connection you would like to join, click “Add to Cart,” “View Cart”, and then “Continue.” Complete your required forms and finally “Proceed to Check out.” Once you’ve registered you will receive an email confirmation. Add the meeting time to your schedule, you will meet your Connection during the first week of the quarter!
- How do I drop a Connection?
- To drop a not for credit Connection please email us at email@example.com. Include the name of the Connection you would like to drop. You will not be able to drop a Connection after the drop deadline. The fall quarter drop deadline and close of registration is October 9th. After October 9th, you will not be able to officially drop your Connection, however have no fear! If you are overcommitted and don’t feel like you can participate fully in your Connection, your participation has no impact on your academic record. Just let your facilitator know about your situation and switch off your canvas notifications. Feel free to jump back in at any time.
- What's the difference between First-Year Aggie Connections and First-Year Seminars?
- They are separate programs, and both are open to you! First-Year Aggie Connections are small networks formed around a theme and facilitated by UC Davis faculty and staff members. Connections are exclusively for new students, so participating is a one-time opportunity! Each Connection is a maximum of 25 students and incorporates strategies for a successful transition to a large research university, as well as information about all the campus resources available to you. In addition, you'll have the option to attend activities led by peer mentors that engage you with campus culture and build connections.
Emphasizing highly participatory classroom discussions and activities, First-Year Seminars invite you to engage with your fellow students on enduring and contemporary issues, with faculty who are equally passionate about the seminar topic you select. Although any student regardless of class standing can participate in a First Year Seminar, new students are given preference in regards to registration. Take a memorable, for-credit, small-class experience that welcomes you and your peers to campus.