The First-Year Residential Experience (FYRE) is a new program at New Mexico State University designed to help students achieve success at the very beginning of their academic journey.

The program is aligned with a new requirement for first-year students to live on campus. Research shows that students who live on campus in their first year are better connected to a university community, more likely to attend class and more likely to graduate. The FYRE program aims to encourage self-discovery and a thirst for learning.

The program will expand the number of Living Learning Communities in the residence halls, place a greater emphasis on outreach to students, and expose students to more leadership development activities in the form of residence governance opportunities. 

A key objective of the FYRE program is improving students’ connections with faculty. To that end, the program will host social activities and events that bring students together with faculty members known as FYREstarters, who will be affiliated with their residential unit.

For more information about the FYRE program, including exemptions to the first-year residency requirement, visit