University 100

What Is UNIV 100?

University 100, or Introduction to Higher Education, is a small seminar-style course that helps students transition to college by teaching them about the skills and resources necessary for them to be both personally and academically successful here at Radford University. This course is interactive, incorporating regular discussion and hands-on activities that help students to grow and to form a community within their classroom. Each section holds approximately 15–20 students, allowing participants to truly get to know each other throughout the semester. UNIV 100 is worth one credit and is graded A–F.

How Is It Taught?

University 100 classroom

UNIV 100 is taught by a faculty-student teaching team, which brings a rich perspective to the class. The faculty instructor offers deep institutional knowledge and can teach students how to approach and interact with faculty starting in their very first semester. Meanwhile, the peer instructor provides real student perspective on how to navigate college at Radford, covering a wide range of academic, personal, and social issues. Together, this teaching team delivers professional and relatable classes that actively engage their students.

What Are the Course Topics?

The course covers a range of academic and personal topics that could include choosing a major, registering for courses, interacting with faculty, living with roommates, personal finances, ways to get involved on campus, study skills, or time management.

Some sections approach these topics through a theme, such as a major, a learning community, or a particular interest of the faculty and peer instructors. Both themed and general sections aim to prepare students for college success at Radford University.

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