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U101

Understanding College and College Life

College can be confusing and intimidating, but U101 can help. If you were just admitted to college and are nervous about what the next step in life might look like, this course is for you. If you are the parent of a newly admitted college student and curious about what college life is like, this course is also for you.

While your specific college will, no doubt, provide additional orientation material, we wanted to give some basic information about what life might be like at a large American University. You might be years away from college or enrolled right now; either way, U101 has some excellent advice from college students, professors, administrators, and staff.

At the conclusion of the course, learners should:
1. Understand the basics of how colleges and universities operate.
2. Identify and describe what faculty are looking for in college-level academic work.
3. List some effective study strategies.
4. Identify some strategies for exploring and selecting a major.
5. Identify the various types of grants and scholarships available and describe the steps involved in applying to these.
6. Discuss the college life, with special attention to the benefits/limitations of living on or off campus.
7. Identify some strategies for getting the most out of campus life activities (investigating student clubs, fraternities, sororities, etc.).

The course is divided into 4 weeks/8 lessons, which provide an overview of the different aspects of college life. If you were just watching the videos and looking at some of the links, the whole course would take about 4-5 hours.

Week 1
Lesson 1. Welcome to U101!
Lesson 2. Understanding the Nature of College

Week 2
Lesson 3. Succeeding as a Student
Lesson 4. Building Your Major

Week 3
Lesson 5. Financing Your Education
Lesson 6. Living On and Off Campus

Week 4
Lesson 7. Getting Involved in Campus Life
Lesson 8. Conclusion

Please join us for a short exploration of modern American Colleges. Hopefully, this course can help demystify your upcoming college experience.

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Rating 4.7 based on 26 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 1 hour/week
Starts Dec 3 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $0
From University of Washington via Coursera
Instructors Dr. Matt McGarrity, First Year Programs
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Education
Tags Social Sciences Personal Development Education

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confident while succeeding in one review

Navigating college can feel overwhelming, but there were a lot of useful tips on how to feel more confident while succeeding in school.

even after attending in one review

very helpful even after attending college I've been to college, so I'm not the target audience for this course, but I was curious to see what would be covered and to learn more about colleges today.

greater freedom as in one review

); when pre-requisite courses are really necessary and when they're just recommended; dropping courses; GRADES (how the college grading system works, what happens when you fail a course, academic probation, earning honors); campus codes of conduct (greater freedom as with class attendance; smoking and drinking rules, harassment policies) and disciplinary actions (disciplinary probation, expulsion); good campus activities for shy students.

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The information provided throughout each video was very helpful.

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great course I'm already graduated from undergraduate, but I'm applying graduate degree in UW.

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Rating 4.7 based on 26 ratings
Length 5 weeks
Effort 4 weeks of study, 1 hour/week
Starts Dec 3 (3 weeks ago)
Cost $0
From University of Washington via Coursera
Instructors Dr. Matt McGarrity, First Year Programs
Free Limited Content
Language English
Subjects Social Sciences Education
Tags Social Sciences Personal Development Education

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