University Studies (UNI) Courses

University Studies courses are courses designed to assist students in specific transitions in college.  Please click on the tabs below to see a course description of each.


UNI 100 Freshman First Class
UNI 101 New Student Seminar
UNI 102 Strategies for Academic Success
UNI 103 Career Planning for Undecided Students
UNI 201 Peer Mentoring
UNI 400 Graduate School Preparation

UNI 100 Freshman First Class: (1 credit hour; credit/no credit)

An introduction to the academic structures and expectations of the University, this course is available to all entering freshmen in the fall semester.  The course includes participation in Week of Welcome.  UNI 100 courses are facilitated by staff members from across the campus community and include an upperclassman student peer mentor to assist you in the course.  

UNI 101 New Student Seminar: (1 credit hour; graded) 

An in-depth introduction to college life, covering areas such as academic expectations and skills, personal adjustments, and social issues, this course, intended for freshmen, is limited to special populations of students including conditionally admitted students. Taught by University College advisors, the course provides students with an opportunity to adjust to the academic and social environment of college under the guidance of an advisor and in the presence of a small group of peers. UNI 101 is required for all conditionally admitted students in University College. 

How Do I Register for UNI 101?

Students are registered for UNI 101 during orientation after consultation with an academic advisor in University College. If you are an incoming freshman who did not pre-register for UNI 101, please contact your advisor or University College at

What’s the Format?

UNI 101 is a one-credit hour course which is graded credit/no credit (CR/NC). It is taught in a non-traditional, non-lecture style. Some sections may be offered for 8 weeks and meet twice a week but most are offered for 16 weeks and meet once a week.

UNI 101 Goals:

  • provide an opportunity for students to establish a relationship with their academic advisors
  • introduce practical study skills such as time management, effective note taking and reading
  • build library research skills
  • enhance written and oral communication skills
  • identify goals for career and personal growth
  • provide opportunities for students to meet other students
  • involve students in the total life of Marshall University
  • teach students rules, regulations, and academic procedures
  • enhance a respect for diversity and awareness as a m
    ember of the University community
  • introduce services, resources, and opportunities

Why take UNI 101?

Students in University College are required to take UNI 101 for a smooth college transition and to become familiar with MU support services. In some cases, other colleges might offer, but might not require their students to take the course. Freshmen taking UNI 101 are 27% more likely to return for their sophomore year. Students who complete UNI 101 have an average GPA of 2.9, compared to 2.6 for students who do not successfully complete UNI 101. Successful UNI 101 students are more likely to graduate. 

UNI 102 Strategies for Academic Success: (1 credit hour; graded)

An academic enrichment course which provides students with strategies and practical experience for academic success. Topics to be covered include research skills, critical thinking applications, and effective study skills.  This course is open to all University students. UNI 102 is typically taught by University College staff.

UNI 103 Career Planning for Undecided Students: (1 credit hour; graded) 

Designed for undecided college students. Helps explore career options and majors. Topics include interest testing, career information, decision-making skills, and job finding strategies. This course is typically limited to undecided students and students who have indicated they are considering a change in their academic major. UNI 103 is typically taught by University College or Career Services staff. 

UNI 201 Peer Mentoring: (1 credit hour; graded) 

Students trained as peer advisors will lead discussions and campus field trips, and work with faculty advisors in the design and implementation of the freshman introduction to campus life and classes. This course is open to returning students who have expressed an interest in leadership. There is an application process for enrollment in this course. Selected students must commit to assisting with Week of Welcome activities and must complete training before entering the classroom as a peer mentor.

UNI 400 Graduate School Preparation: (2 credit hours; graded) 

This class will provide necessary steps, tools, and resources future graduates need in completing their undergraduate careers and pursuing graduate degrees. Designed for students graduating within one year. (PR: Junior standing). This course is open to juniors and seniors who plan to apply to graduate programs. UNI 400 is taught by the Director of University College and the Director of Student Support Services.