University 101 Programs




University 101 by the Numbers

The purpose of this course is to help new students make a successful transition to the University of South Carolina, both academically and personally. It aims to foster a sense of belonging, connect students to the life, culture, and people of the university, assist students in discovering the resources and opportunities available, articulate to students the expectations of the University and its faculty, and to help students refine their purpose, meaning, and direction.

1972

The year University 101 was created by the Faculty Senate at the University of South Carolina upon request of President T. F. Jones.

87%

The percentage of colleges and universities across the country that have since created a first-year seminar.

10

Consecutive years that UNIV 101 and the first-year experience at the University of South Carolina have been recognized by US News and World Report as a "Program to Look For," along with such schools as North Carolina, Ohio State, Stanford, and Notre Dame.

3632

The number of students enrolled in 178 sections of UNIV 101 in fall 2011 (up from 3441 in fall 2010).

161

The number of faculty and staff teaching UNIV 101 in fall 2011 (145 in 2010).

79%

The percentage of sections that utilized a Peer or Graduate Leader in a team-
teaching and mentoring capacity in 2011 (up from 63%). The Peer Leader program provides real-life, valuable leadership experience for some of our best and brightest upper-division students.

3.20

The average first-year GPA of students enrolled in UNIV 101 in fall 2010. This is significantly higher than those who did not take the course (3.14; p=.02).

86.3%

The one-year persistence rate of students who took UNIV 101 in fall 2009. This is compared with 85.1% for those that did not take the course (p=.03

70.8%

The five-year graduation rate for students who took UNIV 101 in fall 2006. This is significantly higher than those who did not take the course (65.2%; p<.001)

64.9%

The five-year graduation rate for minority students who took UNIV 101 in fall 2005, as compared to 59.4% for minority students who did not take the course.

91%

Percent of UNIV 101students that reported on the 2009 National Survey of Student Engagement that they would choose to attend USC again if they had it do to over (compared with 85.5% of non-participants; p=.01).

20

Types of special sections of UNIV 101 offered in fall 2011. These included major-
specific sections (journalism, exercise science, education, nursing, pre-med and pre-law, public health etc), as well as special populations such as TRIO, transfer students, and Capstone Scholars.