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University Experience

University Experience SLS 1101 is a two-credit elective course designed specifically for first-year students to welcome them to USF. Each class consists of approximately 25 students and is built around four major themes: building community, learning about campus resources, developing effective academic skills, and exploring personal character and values. Research has shown that students who complete the University Experience course have a higher GPA, are more likely to graduate on time, and are more involved in campus activities.

Making the transition from high school to a major university is sometimes challenging, yet very exciting. The University Experience course brings first year students together in small groups to discuss such topics as:

  • Campus Resources
  • Learning Strategies
  • Degree & Career Planning
  • Academic Integrity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Managing Time & Money
  • Library & Technology Resources
  • Health & Wellness
  • Diversity & Globalization

We are proud of our University Experience program and hope it will become a valuable beginning to your college experience at the University of South Florida.


Required Textbook:

Conway, J. & Rathburn, M. (Eds.). (2013).
Experience USF (11th ed.). Boston, MA: Pearson

ISBN: 9781269199216

Questions about UE?

Contact Melissa Rathburn at mrathburn@usf.edu or call (813) 974-4501.

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Contact Caroline Twachtman at caroline@usf.edu or (813) 974-2645 for more information.

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