First Year Learning Community

Trout Residence Hall is proud to host the First Year Learning Community Theme Floor.

The First-Year Learning Community (FYLC) at Central Michigan University is open to any student during their first-year on campus. Students electing to live in this engaged learning community are eager to explore the academic, personal, and career resources available at CMU. Students explore their career options, actively utilize campus resources, and focus on creating a solid foundation for their academic success.

Students who benefit most from the FYLC include:

  • First-generation college students
  • Individuals interested in exploring and choosing a major/minor and professional career pathway
  • Open-minded individuals willing to actively seek out opportunities to improve their personal and academic success
There is no cost to participate in this program, and there is no minimum grade point average (GPA) or ACT requirement.

The online application is available hereAdmission to the program is done on a first-come, first-serve basis. (You must also complete your residence hall application.)

First Year Learning Community students will experience the following:

  • Living Environment: All students in the First Year Living Community will live together in Trout Hall, located in the close-knit community of North Campus. All roommates living in FYLC designated suites are required to be a part of the FYLC program. The Residence Hall Director works with the staff in the Office of Residence Life to assign FYLC members to their room after students complete the Office of Residence Life's Housing Agreement and the FYLC application. Roommate requests are accepted, but not guaranteed.  
  • Shared In-Class Experience: All students in FYLC will take two classes together. FYE 101 in the fall semester and PHL 118 during the spring semester. Students pre-register for these classes with an academic advisor.
  • Global Perspectives: Due to the nature of taking shared courses and living together, both social and academic connections occur. Personal responsibility, community awareness, and affirmation of the value of diversity in our world are cultivated throughout the year.
  • Career and Academic Enhancements: Students are intentionally guided through campus interactions to promote understanding of the collegiate experience, encourage career exploration and preparation, and develop academic confidence. Retreats, personalized Success Coaching, and additional educational supports underscore the experience for all members.
  • Co-Curricular Opportunities: A diverse range of leadership, service-learning, and pre-professional developmental opportunities take place throughout the year, and FYLC students are expected to actively participate based on their personal and academic interests.
  • Accountability: Students live and learn together with faculty and staff in an engaging and diverse community. Specifically, a full-time professional and peer assistant live in residence to provide on-site academic and personal assistance.

The First Year Learning Community in Trout Hall will provide a residence hall floor with the following amenities:

  • A suite-style room with two bedrooms, a bathroom, and a study/living room in each suite (four people per suite, two per bedroom)
  • A kitchenette and laundry room on each floor
  • Study rooms and newly renovated meeting spaces within the building
  • Wireless internet as well as an internet port per person
  • The adjoined North Campus Success Center, featuring a professional Academic Advisor, Success Coach, and Counselor in Residence
  • An in-hall computer lab with printing available
  • A newly updated in-hall fitness room
  • A nearby residential convenience store for late-night snacks, light meals, toiletries, etc.
  • A live-in Residence Life staff featuring six Resident Assistants, one Multicultural Advisor, one FYLC Peer Mentor, and one Residence Hall Director
  • A 24-hour front desk operation for security and guest assistance
First-Year Learning Community Requirements Checklist
  • *Participate in Leadership Camp (May) and/or Leadership Safari (August) *Highly encouraged, but not required
  • Attend all Campus and Community Life Orientation (CCLO) sessions, including MainStage
  • Complete the MAP-Works student surveys (September and January) and discuss personalized reports with faculty/staff
  • Attend monthly FYLC meetings
  • Participate in the FYLC fall retreat
  • Achieve at least 10 hours of service each semester
  • Meet with a Success Coach at least three times each semester
  • Enroll in and complete FYE 101 (1 credit fall) and PHL 118 (3 credits spring)
  • Participate in at least one co-curricular event, one academic event and one diversity event each semester
FYLC members who complete all requirements will be eligible to apply for scholarship funds raised during the year through various FYLC initiatives.

Students who do not fulfill FYLC requirements may be asked to relocate to a different living environment.

For more information please contact Ann Krzyzaniak, Trout Residence Hall Director at or 989-774-3104.