University 100

University 100: Freshman Transition

Your Guide to a Successful First Year Experience

The main objective of University 100 is to assist first year students with their transition to Mason through the development of a relationship with others in the class including the instructor and peer advisor, the establishment of a knowledge base of campus resources, and the acquisition of basic academic skills for success.

A list of 13 competencies have been identified that we hope students will have developed upon completion of this course.  The competencies are:

  • to critically evaluate information, both in and out of the classroom in order to make valid, sound decisions on your own;
  • achieving your maximum academic potential;
  • becoming responsible and involved members of the university community;
  • to be proficient in using technology available at Mason;
  • to be safe;
  • to be healthy, both physically and mentally;
  • living, working, and learning respectfully with people of diverse backgrounds and beliefs;
  • developing a familiarity with resources available at Mason;
  • recognizing and understanding Mason policies and procedures;
  • to feel comfortable and safe in your living environment;
  • developing a network of supportive peers, upper-class students, faculty and staff;
  • to enjoy your experiences in University 100 and at Mason; and
  • to increase self-awareness.

The topics covered in University 100 include:

  • Academic Skills
  • Alcohol, Drug & Sex Education
  • Campus Resources
  • Choosing a Major & Career
  • Communication Skills
  • Diversity Awareness
  • Healthy & Safety
  • Involvement on Campus
  • Leadership Development
  • Stress Management
  • Time & Money Management


To learn more about the benefits of participating in a Living Learning Community read the to be published article by Tiffany Cambridge-Williams, a graduate of George Mason University’s, Honors Psychology program. The article will be published in the Journal of College Student Retention.
University 100 Courses and Living Learning Communities Boost Retention and Graduation.

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