Foundations for Self-Discovery & Lifelong Learning

Foundations for Self-Discovery & Lifelong Learning ChartNew students are able to start their time at Rice with a course specifically geared toward their transition to college and to life at Rice University. This course will allow students to establish a path to achieve their goals, investigate resources and programs available at Rice, and learn how to navigate the university while maintaining their social, academic, and personal well-being. Instruction will combine classroom discussion, information from various campus departments, self-assessments and reflections, and intentional activities to allow students a safe and purposeful opportunity to discover more about themselves and the campus around them as well as establish a basis for growth in college and into their careers.

Course Instruction

This course offers a unique style of instruction that combines interactive presentations, guest speakers, and group-based projects to enhance the sense of community within each section. Each section has a professional staff instructor and at least one upperclassmen student who serves as a Peer Guide and is a resource for students in the classroom setting and beyond.

Peer Guides

First Year Programs and UNIV 110 instructors select a number of established students to serve as Peer Guides for each section. These students serve as co-instructors, assist with in-class and out-of-class activities, and provide a support system for students in the course. If you are interested in learning more about how to become a peer guide for future semesters, contact Student Success Initiatives at

The sections available for Fall 2019 will be available soon!

Former students who have taken the class have had the following to say about their experience:

“UNIV 110 was a fantastic community where I not only felt valued as an individual but also where I felt safe to express my opinions. It was a great “excuse” for me to get involved all over campus and it also taught me so much about myself. I expected a class where I had time to kind of self-discover but this class actually guided me toward understanding myself deeper than I ever could by my own valor. Plus, it was tons of fun.”

“I got ‘spammed’ with FYP emails last summer, and I ignored them all, thinking that UNIV 110 would be another one of those lame touch-feely courses from high school. Spring registration rolled around, and so did more emails. ‘What do I have to lose?’ I said, and I signed up for UNIV 110. THAT WAS ONE OF THE BEST ACADEMIC DECISIONS I’VE EVER MADE. I love this class—it was so personal and collaborative—and I now have so many new, CLOSE friends and have learned SO MUCH.”

UNIV Spring 12

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