GS 100: University Experience

Every new semester, freshmen across the country are asking themselves the same questions:

  • "How will I find my classrooms?"
  • "Who's going to help me plan my schedule?"
  • "How will I fit in?"

DSU's University Experience course is designed to help students answer these and many other questions, while getting students off to a great start. This class is intended to help ease the transition from high school to college by familiarizing students with support services, facilities, and activities available at DSU.


The primary purpose of this course is to help students transition successfully to the university. The focus of the course will be to familiarize students with campus resources and to facilitate their engagement in the university experience. Through group discussions with a faculty mentor, students will develop critical thinking and social interaction skills to prepare them for the academic environment. Students will become active participants in the university community. Course content will include access to university resources, college policies, role of the academic advisor, student support services, and university academic requirements.

The University Experience course will:

  • Goal 1: Provide opportunities for students to make key connections with other students, faculty, advisors, and support staff at DSU.
  • Goal 2: Provide information on DSU's campus resources, activities, curriculum, and policies to aid students' transition from high school to college.
  • Goal 3: Provide instruction to help students develop and obtain personal goals for college learning, social growth, and academic and career planning.
  • Goal 4: Provide techniques to enable students to develop or enhance study skills essential for academic success.

Last Updated: 6/7/12