About CORE Connections

What is it?

CORE Connections students with Logan Ward, author of "See You in a Hundred Years"

CORE Connections students with author Logan Ward

CORE Connections

CORE Connections is a learning community designed to offer new freshmen with dual enrollment English composition credit a jumpstart to their college career. Students in CORE Connections take two courses: CORE 201-Topics in Critical Inquiry and UNIV 100-Introduction to Higher Education. The courses share a common text and specialized educational programs. UNIV 100 focuses on transitioning from high school to college.  CORE 201 focuses on written and oral communication, critical thinking, and decision making. While this is an advanced course, students in the CORE Connections program will take CORE 201 with only freshmen. 

Over the summer, students in CORE Connections will read "When Books Went to War" by Molly Guptill Manning. Throughout the fall semester, students will participate in various assignments and events that relate to the book. Students will also meet the author, Molly Guptill Manning, and will partake in a discussion about their thoughts and reflections of the book. The book will be provided to students free of charge during the summer at Quest orientation.

What are the Benefits?

  • Class sizes of 25 or less
  • Pre-registration of two classes at Quest (CORE 201 & UNIV 100)
  • Summer reading program-students will read "When Books Went to War" by Molly Guptill Manning 
  • Out of class activities to build community

How do I qualify?

  • 3.0 cumulative high school GPA, and
  • Dual enrollment credit for ENG 111 & 112 (must have earned a C or better in both courses). You will receive credit for the introductory CORE courses (CORE 101 and 102)

With these qualifications, you may apply for CORE Connections, where you will take both UNIV 100 and CORE 201. Spots will be awarded on a first-come, first-serve basis. Space is limited, so be sure to fill out the interest form early!

How do I participate in CORE Connections?
Please note that this learning community is only available each fall semester. CORE Connections is not active during spring semesters. Students interested in participating in CORE Connections should let their academic advisor know during Quest orientation. Students can also contact Laurie Cubbison by emailing lcubbiso@radford.edu, or by calling 540-831-6421. 

For more information please visit the Core Connections website here