University Seminars (UNIV)

Course Description: The purpose of this 2-credit transition course is to help new students experience a successful transition to the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and build the knowledge, skills, and practices needed to thrive at a research university. Students will identify, understand, and take a deep dive into an academic discipline, explore and demonstrate metacognitive awareness, connect with and integrate into the campus community, and develop themselves both personally and professionally. Students in this course will learn from faculty, staff, and peers within their academic discipline and across the larger campus community.

UNIV101 seminars are unique in providing students with support around improving their academic success skills as they connect with all that UMBC has to offer.

UNIV101 Seminar Pillars:

  • Achieving Academic Success & Academic Discipline Exploration
  • Developing a Sense of Belonging & Campus Community Connection
  • Life Skills: Personal & Professional Development

UNIV101 Seminar Guiding Principles:

  • Assisting students at key transition points during their time at UMBC
  • Enhancing the overall success of all students
  • Helping students connect with faculty, staff, and peers
  • Exposing students to academic and campus resources critical to success

UNIV101 Seminar Sections:

Additional Details about UNIV101 Seminars can be found in the Undergraduate Catalog.

Please Note: UNIV101 sections are intended ONLY for new first-time freshmen at UMBC. Contact AETP Director, Dr. Laila M. Shishineh at with questions about these sections.