Why Should I Choose the University 101 Program?

It is an academic program designed to help students successfully navigate the challenges and meet the expectations of being an undergraduate student scholar at a research university. 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. Studies suggest that students who participate in 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 you 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 you individually and help make the most of your college education and create an environment where you 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 students to achieve at a higher level, including:

    • Entering first-time Freshman students
    • Students who may have struggled their first semester(s) and need more help excelling in college
    • Transfer students, Veterans and non-traditional students who need help transitioning to the challenges and expectations of the university
    • Any undergraduate student interested in the topics
  • 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, time management and organizational strategies, memory and information processing and motivation. Please see the link below for the full course description and student learning objectives.

    Course Description and Student Learning Objectives

  • Are entering freshmen required to participate?

    No, enrollment is limited and participation is based on early selection.

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This course helped me transition from high school to university. This class not only taught me study and learning skills that will be useful in college, but in other aspects of life as well. Honestly this course has helped me keep my head above water when transitioning to my new life in Greeley and at UNC.

- University 101 Student

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[My Professor] was one of the best professors I had this semester. I learned more than just the course material in his class because we were always able to relate the concepts to real life and how they would affect us.

- University 101 Student

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[My Professor] is such a nice and wholesome person, she shows great respect to her students, but is willing to have a fun conversation with us. She creates an environment where everyone is on equal grounds, and that made me feel good. I feel like the entire class became friends in a way. A very personal approach.

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This course not only allowed me to create friends in my major but also helped prep me for a college experience that I know I can handle. Study tips, group sessions, and goals are things I learned and will continuously use throughout the next 3 1/2 years here at UNC.

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At the beginning of the semester I signed up to take this course because I felt like it would be an easy A to boost my GPA. I was only half right; this course challenged me to think about things that I had never thought were important to college. Everything seemed to relate to itself by the end of the semester in ways that I could not have done by myself.

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[The Professor]...is very helpful and it is obvious that he really cares about his students and wants them to learn the subject matter.

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This is a great class and has helped me to perfect my essay writings and to feel confident about my work. This class has also helped me to feel prepared as a college student and taught me ways to deal with stress at times. This class and this professor was the perfect way to start my college experience.

- University 101 Student