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First-Year Seminar Course Requirement

First-Year Seminar Course Requirement


Why the FYS Course Requirement?
HACC, like colleges around the country, has a First-Year Seminar (FYS) course requirement to help ensure your success as a student. All students must meet this requirement by either taking appropriate coursework or using the test-out option (more details about the test-out below).

Evidence exists both on the national level and in data collected by HACC to demonstrate that students who complete FYS courses (also called “student success courses”) tend to stay enrolled in college, tend to have higher grade point averages, and tend to graduate on time at levels that surpass students who don’t take FYS courses.

Therefore, since HACC places so much value on the FYS course requirement, it must be completed for a student to be eligible for graduation. Likewise, students who do not meet the FYS requirement by the time they accrue 13 credits at HACC will have an advising hold applied to their account, which would limit their ability to register for courses.

In short, FYS courses are demonstrated to help you succeed. Their impact is far more than just the scope of the course you take: It extends across your college career and beyond. FYS courses make a difference in YOUR today and YOUR tomorrow.



How Can You Meet the FYS Course Requirement?
1) Take an approved FYS Course 

  • Select a course from this list of courses. 
  • Note: Students who test into two or more developmental courses must take a 3-credit FYS course. All other students can take either a 1-credit FYS course or a 3-credit FYS course in order to meet the FYS requirement.

2) Successfully pass the approved FYS Test-out Option 