Dan Friedman holds a physical copy of the governor's proclamation on the Horseshoe

University’s pioneering first-year seminar recognized for 50 years of innovation

University 101 began in 1972 as a class to help students adjust to college life and learn more about campus resources. Fifty years later, Gov. Henry McMaster will proclaim Friday, Aug. 26, 2022, as “University 101’s 50th Anniversary Day” in recognition of U101’s international impact. 

The university’s innovative approach launched the first-year experience movement across the country, and while an estimated 90 percent of higher education institutions offer some form of first-year course, the University of South Carolina has been recognized by U.S. News and World Report as having the top-ranked first-year student experience among public universities.

Why it matters

Students who enroll in U101:

  • return for their sophomore year at higher rates than those who didn't enroll.
  • have higher first-year GPAs.
  • graduate at higher rates.

Plus, U101 instructors and peer leaders have a higher overall level of satisfaction with their jobs. 

These and other benefits have led to widespread adoption of the program, dubbed "the Carolina model."

By the numbers

Each year, about 500 instructors, peer leaders and graduate leaders teach more than 300 sections of the course and help more than 5,500 students in their transition to, through and out of college.

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