Residential Experience Program

Here are some of the things that many of this year's first-year students are experiencing:

  • New academic challenges
  • New friends
  • New romances
  • First time living away from home
  • New interests
  • New decisions
  • New routines
  • New adventures 
  • New outlooks on life

The Residential First-Year Experience (FYE) program at The University of Detroit Mercy is designed to assist students through these exciting transitions and experiences.  As a UDM student, your First-Year Experience can be whatever you make it and our staff and program is there to help you make it the best it can be!

Components of Residential FYE

Bringing first year students together to share a common living space allows you to transition through your first year with someone who may be experiencing the same things.  Each first year hall has a number of FYE Resident Advisers who are there to provide support and be a resource for first year students.  Also, because only first year students reside in FYE buildings, there is a strong network of support and understanding developed through shared experiences and struggles.

All students are expected to sign and follow a Community Living Agreement. This agreement has been designed to maintain appropriate community standards to enable both study and social interaction to occur. Of particular note, Residential FYE provides an alcohol-free environment as the vast majority of the participants are under the age of 21.

Campus Resources: The Residence Life staff will work in conjunction with other campus offices to bring resources into Shiple Hall.

Programmatic Component

Educational and social opportunities are essential to your development in your first year of college. The Residence Life staff provides a wide range of programs specifically geared toward your needs as a first-year student.
Some of the topics covered through programming include:

  • oommate relationships
  • nutrition and health
  • decision making
  • homesickness
  • managing your finances
  • diversity/cultural issues
  • study skills/test taking skills