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Academic Success & Equity Programs

First-Year ExperienceStudents sitting outside together

Mission of the program

Victor Valley College believes that the first year experience is critical to the academic success and personal growth of our students.  The First Year Experience (FYE) program at Victor Valley College integrates first-year students into the academic and cultural community of the College.  It is dedicated to helping students achieve their academic goal. 

First Year Experience Application
Sign up for the program today!

FAFSA Application
Apply for Financial Aid Here

Students sitting together by the campus lakeBenefits of First Year experience:

  • Dedicated counselors
  • Student Support Network
  • Culturally Enriching Activities
  • Academic Success Workshops
  • University Tours
  • Book Assistance
  • Second-Year Assistance and Follow up
  • Student leadership training opportunities
  • Mentoring




  • FYE students are twice as likely to earn their associate degrees within a three-year time period than students who are not in FYE.
  • FYE students are more likely to persist into their second year at Victor Valley College than students who are not in FYE.
  • FYE students are more likely to transfer to 4 year universities than students who did not participate in FYE.

PROGRAM Orientation:

First-Year Experience orientation dates and times will be e-mailed to students who are accepted into the program.

Information Sessions:

Information sessions will be held at your high school.


Admission Requirements:

Complete the Victor Valley College “Steps to Enrollment:

  • VVC online application
  • Apply for Financial Aid for Summer 2019 and also for the 2019-2020 Academic Year
    • Student must qualify for the California College Promise Grant (Formerly Known as the Board of Governor’s Fee Waiver – BOGFW)
  • Complete VVC orientation
  • Complete the First-Year Experience application online by.
  • Submit a 200-300 word essay describing why you should be selected to participate in the program.  For an essay example, please visit: FIrst-Year Experience Essay Example
  • Submit high school transcripts
  • Submit a photo of yourself

Attend and graduate from one of the designated high schools: Hesperia High School, Oak Hills High School, Sultana High School, Apple Valley High School, Granite Hills High School, Victor Valley High School, Adelanto High School, Silverado High School, Serrano High School, Excelsior High School, Cobalt Institute of Math and Science, Encore High School, Mojave High School, Riverside Prep., University Prep.


Program Requirements:

In order to be eligible for the First-Year Experience program, students must:

  • Attend the orientation for your specific cohort
  • Be enrolled as a Full-Time student
  • Maintain a GPA of 2.00 or above
  • Complete 16 hours of campus service each semester


Summer cohorts begin June 17th, 2019.





Last Updated 4/23/19