First Year Students

First Year Connections FAQ's

What is First Year Connections?

First Year Connections (FYC) is a mandatory, interactive orientation program for new NJIT undergraduate students.  During the program, you will meet current NJIT students, faculty and staff to help you understand the skills necessary to be successful at the university - both academic and social. You will be given the opportunity to meet with your advisor to understand the expectations of NJIT and receive guidance on academic planning. You will learn about innovative research and programs, understand First Year Students course scheduling, and obtain advising on majors, minors, and fields of study.

Do I have to attend First Year Connections?

First Year Connections is mandatory for all incoming NJIT First Year Students. It is the only way for you to receive the information you need to begin your studies at NJIT.

How long is First Year Connections?

First Year Connections is a two-part program. FYC 1.0 is a one-day program occurring in June. Check-in begins at 8:30 AM and the program ends at 5 PM. FYC 2.0 is an extended orientation that will take place on August 28-29 prior to the first day of class. More information about FYC can be found here.

When is First Year Connections?

For Summer 2014, FYC 1.0 will be held on the following dates for designated colleges: Newark College of Engineering (NCE), College of Computer Science (CCS), College of Architecture and Design (CoAD), College of Science and Liberal Arts (CSLA), and School of Management (SoM).

  • Wed. 6/4 (NCE, CCS, CSLA, SoM)
  • Tue. 6/10 (NCE, CCS, CoAD)
  • Wed. 6/18 (NCE, CoAD, CSLA)
  • Thu. 6/26 (NCE, CCS, SoM)

For late admits, out-of-state, and international students, we offer an FYC 1.0 session before classes start on Tuesday, August 26.

FYC 2.0 is Thursday, August 28 - Friday, August 29.

How do I register for First Year Connections?

 Invitations to FYC will begin to be emailed to deposited students in late April on a rolling weekly basis. Only students who have paid their deposits (http://tuitiondeposit.njit.edu) and who have taken their course placement tests will be invited to register for First  Year Connections.

What if I have not received information regarding FYC in the mail or by email?

Please contact the FYC office by email at FYC@njit.edu or by phone, 973-596-5438.

Can I leave early or arrive late to First Year Connections?

It is the responsibility of the students attending FYC to make arrangements to attend the entire program; excuses such as 'I have work' or 'I have an appointment' will not be accepted and you might have to attend a second session of the FYC program.  We will provide attendance notices to all students attending our program at the end of the day; if your high school requires advance notice, you can e-mail our office with your request.

What if I cannot attend any of the June First Year Connections session dates?

To have the best orientation experience possible, you should make every effort to attend one of the June orientation dates, however, a make-up date will become available in July in case that is not possible. Students will be notified after the June dates are complete. International and out-of-state students can attend FYC 1.0 on August 26. If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact the FYC office at FYC@njit.edu. You will not be able to make up FYC 2.0, therefore, please plan accordingly.

What do I bring to First Year Connections?

  • Casual clothes and comfortable shoes
  • Pen and pencil
  • Umbrella (in case of rain)
  • UCID and password
  • Spending money to buy NJIT paraphernalia and snacks
  • Health Services packet http://www.njit.edu/healthservices
  • One form of identification with a photo (driver’s license, High School ID)

How do I get to NJIT?

Directions to the Parking Deck can be found on the Visiting NJIT page: http://www.njit.edu/about/visit/gettingtonjit.php.

You can also take the Newark Light Rail from Newark Penn Station or any station along the way to the Warren Street/NJIT stop. Schedules for the light rail can be found here.

For bus transportation, please use the trip planner at http://www.njtransit.com/.

Where do I park when I attend First Year Connections?

Please park at University Parking Deck located on Summit Street. No permit will be necessary. For a campus map. CLICK HERE.

Can parents attend FYC?

Yes, there is a designated program that parents can attend during FYC 1.0 for a small fee. Please CLICK HERE for more information. There is no program for parents at FYC 2.0 on August 28-29.

How can I contact the First Year Connections staff?

You can contact the FYC office by phone, 973-596-5438, by email, FYC@njit.edu.  The academic year office hours are Monday - Friday 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.  Summer office hours are Monday - Friday, 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM.