First-Year Reading Experience


First-Year Reading Experience (FYRE) FYRE logo

USCB FYRE is an opportunity for students to have their first common learning experience before they arrive on campus for classes. Freshmen and new transfer students receive a copy of the book at summer orientation, which we encourage them to read before they return to campus in the fall Throughout the school year, students have the chance to participate in special events planned around the book. The events will support the following learning outcomes:

  • Develop and enhance critical reading, thinking and writing skills
  • Build community through a common educational experience
  • Connect students' home life to school life
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain cultural competence and understand different perspectives

2016 FYRE Book

The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy

USCB has chosen The Water is Wide by Pat Conroy for our first ever First-Year Reading Experience.


For more information about the book click here.

For more information about the author click here.