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University 101: Enhancing First-Year Success

First-year students are encouraged to enroll in University 101 during their first semester on campus. These small, interactive classes of approximately 20 students are engaging in and out of the classroom, as students learn more about their transition to college and become connected to the SLU community. University 101 is a 1-credit course that meets once a week in the fall semester. Talk to your advisor to enroll in EDH 101.

One section of University 201, a similar course designed specifically to meet the needs of transfer students, is also offered. The course is specifically designed for transfer students who are transferring as pre-medical students. The U201 course is supported by a professional staff member from Pre-Professional Health Studies.

U101 Small Group

University 101/201 class topics:

  • Getting connected to the SLU community: Involvement on campus
  • All about SLU: Learning about campus resources
  • Decision Making in College: Issues for college students
  • Time management: Achieving your goals
  • Academic Success: Tips for in and out of the classroom
  • Diversity: Exposure and understanding
  • Career preparation: Values as they relate to your choices
  • The Jesuit Values

U101 Time Management Lesson

Along with the traditional University 101 classes, some sections of the class will have a special-interest focus. Some of these themed U101 classes include:

  • Athletes
  • Athletic Training majors 
  • Career decision making  
  • Occupational Therapy majors (listed as OCS 100)
  • Parks College students
  • Physical Therapy majors (listed as DPT 108)
  • Pre-Medicine students
  • Pre-Law students
  • and sections affiliated with First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) in Learning Communities surrounding the following topics:
    • Life Sciences
    • Health Sciences
    • the Arts
    • Global Villa
    • Leadership & Social Change
    • Career and Major Exploration
    • Billiken Connection
If you are interested in becoming a U101 peer instructor, visit the FYE Leadership Position page.


U101 Student Testimonial

My U101 instructor was an excellent resource for getting acclimated to campus freshman year. Having connections to upperclassmen was comforting, and inspired me to get involved at SLU.

-Vincent Penna, Accounting, Class of 2012

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