First Year Seminar Graduation Requirement Policy

  • Custodian of Policy: Registrar
    Effective Date: Fall 2015 | New Policy Fall 2019 [PDF]
    Last Review: Fall 2015
    Next Review: 2022

    Policy

    All new entering undergraduate students are required to successfully complete a 1-credit hour First Year Seminar. Successful completion of the course is a graduation requirement. New students who have completed twelve or more transferable credits will be exempt from this requirement.

    Definitions

    The First Year Seminar referenced in the policy will be a 1-credit course and it will be taught in a face-to-face format. Successful completion of the course is described as a ''D-" or higher Withdrawn or failed attempts at this course will be repeated with the successful completion of UNIV 143 in a subsequent semester.

    Rationale

    A mandatory first year seminar is a widely recognized best practice that will contribute to first year to second year retention, and improving time-to-graduation.