Welcome to University 101!
Why should I choose the University 101 program?
It is an academic program designed to help freshmen successfully navigate the exciting, crazy, and often scary first semester of college. We have high expectations for our students and want to provide a challenging and supportive environment that helps students maximize their potential now and in the future. As UNC has a proud and rich heritage as a research university, we are excited about helping students transition quickly and effectively and become productive members of our scholarly community. Studies suggest that students who participate in first year seminars like University 101 tend to earn higher grades and to continue in college until graduation more so than those students who do not participate. Please see our Student Achievement and Persistence Research page for more information.
Furthermore, we want students to feel comfortable here and make meaningful connections to faculty, staff, and other students. Following UNC’s tradition of personal attention to its students, University 101 courses are small in size, so instructors can support students individually and help them make the most of their college education and create an environment where students can build strong friendships and lasting peer networks.
Does this program help me fulfill my graduation requirements?
Yes! University 101 is a Liberal Arts Core (LAC) elective course that helps fulfill 3 credits of the 40 LAC credits required of all UNC students.
Who should take this course?
This course was designed to challenge all first year students to achieve at a higher level. Because students share enrollment based on their specific major or program, students can quickly meet others who share the same interests and goals as well as have the opportunity to learn more about their intended discipline. Students who have not decided on a major will benefit from exploring the options available to them.
What are some of the activities included in the course?
Classes are designed to be highly interactive and student-centered. Students will have frequent opportunities to directly apply new skills to their current coursework. Topics range from research skills, active reading, time management, and career exploration to personal finance as well as opportunities for extra- and co-curricular experiences. Please see the link below for the full course description and student learning objectives.
Are all freshmen required to participate?
No, enrollment is limited and participation is based on early selection.
How do I join?
When reserving your New Student Orientation date, you will have the option to express your interest in UNIV 101, then at orientation you will be able to register for UNIV 101 along with your other classes. To determine which UNIV 101 section fits well with your course schedule, follow the link below and select the section designed for your major. You will need the CRN number for your selected UNIV 101 section to register for that course through URSA.
How do I contact University 101 Staff?
Angela L. Vaughan, PhD
Director, First Year Curriculum & Instruction
Graduate Program Assistant