Advising courses

Our advising courses provide a structured foundation for students to explore majors. For more information, contact your academic advisor.

UNIV 101 - Introduction to the University

(Semester course, 1 lecture hour, 1 credit)

UNIV 101 is designed to introduce new students to the traditions, purposes and expectations of a university education. Students will assess their expectations and evaluate their academic strengths and goals. Through lectures, guest speakers and individual projects, students will learn about VCU resources designed to help them solve problems and achieve a rewarding and successful academic program. This course is required for students admitted conditionally to VCU; it is recommended for all first-year students.

UNIV 102 - Investigations in Learning

(Semester course, 1 lecture hour, 1 credit)

UNIV 102 is restricted to first-year students with 24 or fewer earned credit hours who want to improve college success skills. The course is directed by the student and their academic advisor to create an individualized program of study to improve academic performance.

UNIV 103 - Education and Career Planning

(Semester course, 1-3 credits)

UNIV 103 is an academic decision-making course. Through guest speakers and interviews with working professionals, students will discover educational and career options in fields that interest them. Through in-class activities, computer assessments and group projects, students will learn how to make informed decisions about their educational and career goals.