UNIV 1131: Student Success


The UNIV 1131: Student Success course is a learning community course that will teach new students academic success skills to aid their transition into college. The goal of the course is to help students identify their individual needs, determine what resources are appropriate, recognize the faculty role in their development, and formulate a plan for an actively engaged and enriched experience from campus to career. Each UNIV 1131 class section has a Peer Academic Leader (PAL), who are students who have already taken the course and assist as a discussion leader for the class under the supervision of the instructor.  PALs provide guidance, raise awareness and understanding of students' majors, and help support collaborative and co-curricular opportunities available within the School/College.


  • College of Architecture, Planning, and Public Affairs
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Liberal Arts, except Music Majors
  • College of Nursing and Health Innovation students who elected to join a Residential Learning Community focusing on nursing
  • College of Science
  • School of Social Work
  • Honors College students
  • Undecided/Undeclared Students

What is a Learning Community (LC)?

A Learning Community (LC) is an exciting way for first-year students to merge their academic priorities with their personal and social goals. You are assigned to a LC based on your major, and will get matched with students in the same field. You will take your first year practicum course with these students.  You will also be placed into a few other classes with the LC students. This allows you to have a built in study group of people in your major from your first day here at UTA!

In order to ensure there is a group for everyone, we also offer an option that includes students living together in one of UTA's residence halls. To learn more about these Residential Learning Communities options, please visit our Residential Learning Community page.


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.