FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT NEW STUDENT COURSES
HOW DO STUDENTS REGISTER FOR UNIV 1131/1000/1101?
Your academic advisor will be able to help you determine which course best suits your academic needs.
DO I HAVE TO PAY TUITION TO TAKE UNIV 1131?
UNIV 1131 is a one credit hour course. Please refer to the tuition and fees page for more information.
WILL THE COURSE BE GRADED?
The UNIV 1131 is a graded course; you will receive a letter grade that is factored into your GPA. If you earn an F, Z (no grade), or W (withdraw), you will be required to retake the course.
HOW DO I CHANGE MY UNIV 1131/1000/1101 SECTION ONCE I'VE ATTENDED ORIENTATION?
It is our hope that when you walk away at the end of orientation, you will have a set schedule and will not need to make any changes. If something comes up, you will need to contact an advisor. An advisor may be able to make the change for you. Students are unable to make changes to UNIV 1131/1000/1101 sections on their own.
HOW OFTEN DO THE UNIV 1131/1000 MEET?
Both the UNIV 1131 and UNIV 1000 meets twice per week. UNIV 1101 meets once a week.
FIRST TIME IN COLLEGE (FTIC) QUESTIONS
WHAT IS A LEARNING COMMUNITY?
A Learning Community is a combination of classes that you will have in common with other students who share your major. The Learning Community course (UNIV 1131) is a first year, college course required for all incoming freshmen. This course helps students get adjusted to life on the Maverick campus and assists in the transition to college. Course assignments, taught by a Peer Academic Leader (PAL) and a college representative (faculty member), will help students identify their individual needs and skills to support academic success.
WHY DOES UTA HAVE LEARNING COMMUNITIES?
The Division of Student Success, along with campus leaders, determined that UTA students were striving for connection across campus – both academically and socially. The Learning Community will cohort students in common classes, based on similar majors. The Learning Community will also introduce students to faculty who teach courses in their major. Students in each Learning Community course will learn what resources are appropriate and available, and will be taught to formulate a plan for an actively engaged and enriched experience on campus.
DO I HAVE TO LIVE IN A RESIDENCE HALL TO BE IN A LEARNING COMMUNITY?
Not necessarily. While it certainly can be easier to live on campus and have easy access to support resources, participate in study groups, and not have to deal with a daily commute, it is not required at UTA for you to live on campus. If you choose to be a part of a Residential Learning Community, you will have the added benefit of other students in your LC living up and down the hall from you.
I WAS ADMITTED AS A TRANSFER STUDENT; WILL I BE IN A LEARNING COMMUNITY?It would depend on your major. Some majors include their transfer students in their Learning Communities, and others do not. Ask your academic advisor if you will be participating in the LC program.
I WANT TO START IN THE SPRING SEMESTER. WILL THERE BE LEARNING COMMUNITIES FOR ME?Yes. There will be a few Learning Communities starting in the Spring semester as well. These LCs may be more interdisciplinary in approach than the fall LCs.
I WANT TO START IN THE SUMMER SEMESTER. WILL THERE BE LEARNING COMMUNITIES FOR ME?
In the summer, you can take the summer classes that you are advised for, but you will not be placed in a Learning Community, including the UNIV 1131 course, until the fall. Work with your advisor early on to ensure that you are taking the best courses possible to set you up for success in a Learning Community in the fall.
I HAVE AP/IB/CLEP CREDIT; WILL THAT IMPACT MY PLACEMENT IN A LEARNING COMMUNITY?It might. You will want to go over this with your academic advisor, making them aware of what scores you earned, so that you can be advised for the correct courses. You will still be in a learning community, but some small tweaks may need to be made to the courses you are taking. Please make sure you have requested the test company send official copies of your test scores to UTA Testing Services.
I HAVE DUAL CREDIT; WILL THAT IMPACT MY PLACEMENT IN A LEARNING COMMUNITY?It might. You will want to go over this with your academic advisor, making them aware of what courses you have already completed, so that you can be advised for the correct courses. You will still be in a learning community, but some small tweaks may need to be made to the courses you are taking. Please make sure you have requested a transcript of your previous college level work be sent from that university/college to UTA.
REGISTRATION AND CLASS SCHEDULE
AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE THE UNIV 1131/1000 THAT IS LISTED ON MY SCHEDULE?
Yes! Each section of UNIV 1131/1000 is tied to a specific program. You must take that class, in that section, at that day and time.
AM I REQUIRED TO TAKE ALL THE CLASSES ON THE LEARNING COMMUNITY SCHEDULE?
The classes on the Learning Community schedule will apply towards your major and will help you make progress towards your degree. However, if you already have credit for a course that is listed on the schedule, you do not have to take the course. You are required to stay in the Learning Community course because the course does satisfy degree requirements. In addition, you will need to take the specific course sections that are listed on the schedule. A large part of the experience and benefit of this program is that you are in a group and in the same classes.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I DO NOT ENROLL IN THE UNIV 1131/1000 THAT IS LISTED ON THE SCHEDULE, DROP THAT CLASS, "OPT OUT" OF THE LEARNING COMMUNITY, OR DO NOT MEET THE MINIMUM CRITERIA TO STAY IN THE LEARNING COMMUNITY?
You will need to speak with an academic advisor about your specific issue. Majors now require this class on their degree plan, so failing to complete it this semester may impact your graduation in a future semester.
CAN I CHANGE MY UNIV 1131/UNIV 1000 LEARNING COMMUNITY SCHEDULE?
Yes, you may be able to change your Learning Community at New Maverick Orientation. Please speak with your academic advisor.
TRANSFER STUDENT QUESTIONS
DO I NEED TO TAKE UNIV 1101 AS A TRANSFER STUDENT?
Beginning Fall 2019, all transfer students are required to complete UNIV 1101 course or the course deemed equivalent in their department to complete degree requirements. Your academic advisor can guide you on which course to take. The only possible exceptions are if you have taken a similar course* at the institution you are transferring from, if you are non-degree seeking student, or if you already hold a bachelor’s degree.
*Course equivalency is determined by the Division of Student Success and credit must be granted by UTA for the equivalent course.
WHY DO I NEED TO TAKE THIS COURSE?
This course is designed to support transfer students in their transition into the University of Texas at Arlington. The class offers several different strategies and tools that will aid transfer students in being successful in their courses, within their major, and in their career preparation.
HOW DO I KNOW IF A SIMILAR COURSE I HAVE TAKEN AT MY PRIOR INSTITUTION WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR CREDIT?
If you think you have taken a similar course at your previous institution, you will need to submit a transfer equivalency request to the Office of New Student Courses. For more information on this process, please visit our UNIV 1101 page.
WHAT IF THERE ARE NO SECTIONS AVAILABLE DURING A TIME THAT I CAN ATTEND THE CLASS?
Because this course is required (https://catalog.uta.edu/undergraduate/), students will need to make room in their schedules for UNIV 1101. You should speak with your academic advisor if you are having trouble registering for a section.
CAN I DROP THE COURSE IF I WANT?
If you would like to drop the course, you will need to get permission to do so and work with your academic advisor on that process. Students are allowed 3 attempts to pass the UNIV 1101 course.
IS THE UNIV 1101 COURSE PART OF A LEARNING COMMUNITY?
No. There are no associated or companion courses with UNIV 1101 that would qualify it as a learning community.
WHAT IS THE ATTENDANCE POLICY FOR THE CLASS?
Attendance is mandatory. More specific details about the attendance policy will be reviewed during the first day of class and will be written in the syllabus.
WHO IS THE CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE TRANSFER STUDENT UNIV 1101 COURSE?
Please contact the Division of Student Success at email@example.com or phone at 817-272-6190 for questions related to the UNIV 1101 course.
WHO IS THE CONTACT FOR QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE STUDENT SUCCESS COURSE OR THE FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE COURSE?
Please contact the Division of Student Success at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone at 817-272-6190 for questions related to the Learning Community courses.
Courses Excluded from Credentialing
First-Year Undergraduate Courses (UNIV-1000, 1101, 1131): primary courses offered to first-year freshmen and transfer students by the Division of Student Success, as well as by colleges/schools (UNIV-AR 1131, UNIV-SC 1131, UNIV- EN 1131, etc.). All full-time UTA faculty and staff with a master's degree or a terminal degree, are eligible to teach UNIV courses. Instructors are vetted and supervised by the Director of New Student Courses with support from staff and the Associate Vice Provost in the Division of Student Success. Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) assist as discussion leaders under the supervision of the instructor. Each PAL participates in at least 88 hours of initial professional development in the first year of employment and at least 45 hours of annual professional development every year thereafter. The evaluation process for renewal that includes formal classroom observations, faculty recommendation for return, and meeting a minimum requirement of satisfaction in their semester evaluation. All UNIV 1000, 1101,1131 instructors must participate in professional development once per year on student success strategies and pedagogy.
The UNIV courses focus on academic and career planning, self‐exploration, college success strategies, professional development, and co‐curricular engagement. An outcome of the course is for students to gain knowledge and experiences that will enhance their transition to college and strategies for holistic college success. The UNIV courses taught by the colleges aim to introduce students the major, options within the major and offer strategies for student success.