New 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.
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.
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¬†firstname.lastname@example.org¬†
¬†Former students who have taken the class have had the following to say about their experience:
‚ÄúUNIV 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 ‚Äúexcuse‚ÄĚ 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.‚ÄĚ¬†
‚ÄúI got ‚Äėspammed‚Äô 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.¬† ‚ÄėWhat do I have to lose?‚Äô I said, and I signed up for UNIV 110.¬† THAT WAS ONE OF THE BEST ACADEMIC DECISIONS I‚ÄôVE EVER MADE.¬† I love this class‚ÄĒit was so personal and collaborative‚ÄĒand I now have so many new, CLOSE friends and have learned SO MUCH.‚ÄĚ