University 101

First-year students at Saint Louis University are encouraged to enroll in University 101 (UNIV 1010) during their first semester on campus.

These small, interactive classes engage you in the process of reflection about how you see yourself and the person you hope to become at SLU. University 101 is a one-credit course that meets once a week, emphasizes in-class participation and provides an ongoing introduction to campus resources.

Topics covered in University 101 include:

  • Understanding yourself in the context of SLU
  • Succeeding academically, in and out of class
  • Vocation: majors, jobs, personal and professional purpose
  • Learning from the diversity of the SLU community

Unsure how the course fits with your major?

Typically, University 101 fills an elective credit but some programs may require it.

How many students take the course?

While you will typically only have 19 students in your section of U101, nearly 900 students each fall will enroll in the course.

Are you a transfer student?

One section of University 101 (UNIV 2010) is offered for transfer students who are considering pre-health professions. UNIV 2010 is supported by a professional staff member from pre-health studies to ensure you stay on-track for your professional goals.

Are you considering joining a Learning Community?

The following learning communities at SLU have sections devoted to their specific community:

  • Engineering
  • Life Sciences
  • Health Sciences

In addition to sections for learning communities, themed U101 sections are provided for students with specific interests or in specific programs. These include:

  • Student-athletes
  • Athletic training majors
  • Occupational therapy majors (listed as OCS 1000)
  • Physical therapy majors (listed as DPT 1111)
  • International students

If you are interested in becoming a U101 peer instructor, visit the FYE Leadership Position page.

Seeking University 101 Primary Instructors

The Student Success Center is seeking faculty and staff members to serve as primary instructors for the University 101 course. For the fall of 2017, 47 sections of the one-credit hour seminar will be offered, which provides a capacity to reach nearly 1,200 incoming freshmen.

The minimum requirements of this position are that you are a full-time, exempt employee with a master's degree or higher.

The expectations of instructing this one-credit, extended orientation course include:

  • Attending the one hour and 15 minute class on a weekly basis for 14 weeks throughout the semester.
  • Meeting with the peer instructor for 30-60 minutes a week to plan and prepare for the course. The peer instructors are upper-class students selected based upon their motivation, excitement and leadership potential.
  • Willingness to support the peer instructor, who is expected to instruct four or more of the class sessions.
  • Attending training for new instructors
  • Excitement to work with incoming freshmen students.

U101 Instructor Position Description

U101 Instructor Application 

Please submit application materials either electronically or in hard-copy to Busch Student Center, Suite 356, by Friday, March 20, 2017.

If you have questions or would like to schedule time to discuss the position, please email Kelly Herbolich, program director of academic support in the Student Success Center, at kherboli@slu.edu.