Select Your First-Year Experience Course
First-Year Experience (FYE) courses aid in a successful transition to OU in many ways. FYE courses provide opportunities for students to build friendships and connect to key faculty, staff, and students at OU. FYE courses are limited to 19-21 students, thus classes become close communities. FYE courses are led by incredible instructors who are invested in first-year student success and knowledgeable about how to guide students through the transition to college learning. Students taking Gateway (UCOL 1002) also have a Peer Teaching Assistant (PTA). PTAs are current OU undergraduate students who are invested in first-year student success and serve as mentors and guides in the transition to college for their students.
FYE courses aid students in creating academic success. Students develop successful academic habits and learn how to study for college-level classes. FYE courses that are also part of a First-Year Learning Communities provide a deeper exploration of a specific discipline. FYE courses have a proven positive impact on student academic success.
Students in FYE courses will also be connected to resources and learn about opportunities outside of the classroom. See the information below about the various FYE courses and talk to your advisor or login to one.ou.edu to enroll in your FYE course today!
Gateway to College Learning, UCOL 1002
Gateway is a letter-graded, two-credit-hour elective course designed to help first-year students thrive at OU. Gateway classes are active learning environments that become close communities. Gateway is limited to 19-21 students and led by amazing Instructors and Peer Teaching Assistants (PTAs) invested in the success of their students. Some Gateway courses are also part of our impactful First-Year Learning Communities where a small cohort (19-21) students take 2-3 courses together and have the opportunity to explore their dicipline based coures more deeply through the integration of the discipline based course(s) and faculty within the Gateway course curriculum, assignments, and class activities.
There are various themes of interest for Gateway and FYLCs! Click the button below to explore the options and select your FYE course!
University College Seminars, UCOL 1022
University College Seminars are letter graded, two-credit-hour elective courses designed to introduce students to a unique topic of study in a small community learning environment. Seminars are limited to only 19-21 students and are led by outstanding instructors with unique expertise and interest in the topic of study. UC Seminars are open to students of all classifications. Click the button below to explore the various topics offered in UC Seminars!
Choosing a Major, UCOL 2021
This 1-credit course explores the majors and minors that OU has to offer, and it helps students find their own interests and strengths. Explore Sooner - Deciding on a Major is taught by staff from the Center for Major and Career Exploration. These experts will guide students through the process to selecting a major that connects to their passions and interests and supports their career aspirations. UCOL 2021 is a half-semester course with sections meeting either the first half or second half of the semester.
Exploring Careers, UCOL 1030-200
This 1-credit course is designed for students who have decided on a major and are beginning the process of exploring their career options. Students will have the opportunity to engage in self-assessment, perform career research, investigate additional academic opportunities, and create action plans to prepare for post-college careers. UCOL 1030-200 is a half-semester course offered during the second half of the semester.
Faculty Mentoring, UNIV 1210
Faculty Mentoring is a 0-credit no-cost course providing the opportunity for students to build relationships with faculty, increase their network base, and gain valuable life experience. These coures are lead by incredible faculty who are invested in mentoring first-year students. Groups are limited in size to ensure that each student has adequate opportunity to connect wth the Faculty Mentor and other participating students. Opportunities for meetings, meals, activities, etc. are scheduled specifically for participating students and their Faculty Mentors providing valuable faculty and student engagement outside of a classroom setting.
Other UC Courses
Strategies for Success, UCOL 2002
Strategies is a 2-credit course designed to assist students who are on academic probation or notice. Read more about Strategies
Transitions for Transfer Students, UCOL 3001
This course introduces transfer students to the academic requirements, policies, and resources at the University of Oklahoma. Read more about Transitions
Teach a UC Course
Unviersity College hires exceptional instructors and Peer Teaching Assistants (PTAs) to teach UC Courses. Click the button below to learn more about opportuntiies to teach for University College!