University College First-Year Experience

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  • Added Support When Starting College: Key to Four Years of Success

    In the University College’s Exploratory First-Year Experience, you’ll take part in classes, workshops, and group activities that support you as a new college student.

    In this area of the University College, you'll:

    • Get specialized advising
    • Sharpen your study skills
    • Meet with peer mentors
    • Take classes that move you ahead academically
    • Work with tutors
    • Explore majors to help you choose your major

    Starting on the right track can really pay off by making your entire college experience more successful. Our academic expectations are high, but we offer you the support that helps you achieve them.

    Mentors Help You Navigate College

    You'll be invited to Crimson Common Hours events that bring students together to learn about campus procedures. You’ll learn how to plan the classes you need and how to best tackle college-level assignments.

    Peer mentors and University College faculty mentors will guide you and can answer your questions along the way.

    Team-Taught, Linked Classes

    During your first year, you’ll take several linked classes that are team-taught by professors from different subject areas. The classes are designed to coordinate in a way that strengthens your skills.

    Will This Increase the Time it Takes for Me to Graduate?

    This program is specifically designed to not add time to your degree.

    Many of the classes count as liberal studies courses, which all students are required to take. They cover a variety of subjects.

    You'll also take classes that help you try out majors and build study skills. All of these count toward the credits you need to graduate.

    Learn more about the University College in IUP Magazine.