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Testimonial - Dulce JimenezWelcome 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?

Connections allow you to meet a bunch of new people with similar interests and identities in a more relaxed environment. Whichever Connection you choose, you'll have fun while you focus on transitioning to UC Davis and learning about resources that are available to you here. Beyond your Connection's theme, you'll also talk about how to succeed and have the best experience possible during your time as a student. Most Connections include a peer mentor who provides information, advice and support. You’re getting the perspective of a student in their second, third or fourth year who has been where you are.

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.
  • Check out our Connection Category listings page to search for Connections and to register
  • 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 register in AggieLife.
  • 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 aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu 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.
  • Are Connections classes?
  • Most Connections are not classes and do not have units associated with them. These not-for-credit Connections meet around six times throughout the quarter. However, there are a few exceptions. Each Connection is clearly labelled either “for-credit” or “not-for-credit” on the website. If you have questions, please ask!
  • Can I join more than one Connection?
  • Joining a Connection is a time commitment. Although most Connections do not have credits associated with them, attendance is encouraged. If you feel that you have the time for more than one Connection, feel free to join. If you've already joined multiple Connections and need to adjust your registration to fit with your class schedule, email aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu.
  • 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 register through AggieLife.
  • Registration Troubleshooting
  • Not for credit Connection registration: Follow the registration link on our website to register in AggieLife. After clicking on the registration link listed on our website, you will then register for the Connection through AggieLife. On the left side of the page, click “Continue to RSVP,” “I will be attending,” and complete the required forms. Once you’ve filled out the entire form, click “RSVP” and you have successfully registered for a Connection!
  • How do I drop a Connection?
  • If you are unable to stay registered, please be sure to inform the FYAC team on which Connection you will be dropping at aggieconnect@ucdavis.edu and update your RSVP in AggieLife and click on "I won't be attending." Once selected, you will be dropped from the connection. 
  • 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.
  • How is First-Year Aggie Connections adapting to remote instruction and physical distancing?
  • Connection groups will primarily be meeting virtually this fall quarter. Facilitators (the staff and faculty members leading each group) are already planning virtual campus tours, guest speakers, panels, group activities and lively discussions. Although in-person interaction will be limited, Connections will still be fun experiences and you will meet great people, make new friends, explore interesting topics, and learn all about campus and what it means to be an Aggie.