UNIV: College Success


UNIV 1110

College Success

Our general College Success course is a great option for students looking to build up their college success skills, from time management, study skills, critical thinking, and more! 

UNIV 1112

Career and Major Exploration

This course is all about exploring your major or other majors offered at CU Denver and discovering career pathways you can enter into. This course builds on your goals, leadership skills, and more to set you up for success! 

UNIV 2110

Financial Literacy

This course goes over a variety of financial topics to make sure you learn the basics of financial literacy. From credit, investing, financial aid, loans, and more, this class will teach you skills to be financially well in college and beyond! 

UNIV 2111

Wellness 101

Learn all about the dimensions of wellness and how incorporating them into your daily life as a CU Denver student can help you be successful long-term, both in college and post-graduation! 

UNIV 3110

Student Success and Development

Created for students who want to take their UNIV experience further, this course applies various student development and leadership theories to goals, assessments, and skills to help you be the best student leader and future leader in your desired career! 

New to college?  Worried about what to expect?  Not sure how to prepare? Relax. We've got you covered.  

UNIV Courses

These tuition-FREE first-year courses dedicate the entire fall semester to four primary goals, helping you learn the ins and outs of college life and get prepared for the challenges and opportunities ahead. In addition to developing academic skills and strategies, the class serves as your own first-year community on campus. You’ll get added support and mentoring from faculty, staff, and peer leaders. By the end of the semester, you'll feel capable, confident, and ready for success.

  • Polish your skills and practice strategies for success. We’ll fine-tune the essentials, including writing, critical thinking, and research, and work on college survival skills like time and stress management.
  • Get connected and be supported. This is your home base to explore the campus and discover all that CU Denver has to offer. You’ll also learn from experts across campus, including the Writing Center, Auraria Library, Learning Resources Center, Lynx Center, and Career Center.
  • Be the best you in college. It isn’t all about learning class stuff, it’s also a lot of learning about YOU. We’ll work on self-exploration so you can discover your interests, leverage your strengths, define your path, and achieve your goals.
  • Discover community. CU Denver is immensely diverse and, because of that, it's immensely awesome. You will learn to appreciate the diversity of people and perspectives that make CU Denver truly special, and your place within it all.

Check out our UNIV sample syllabus to get a picture of what you can expect to do in our UNIV 1110 classes this fall!

UNIV Course FAQs

Fall 2024 Options Coming Spring 2024

Please review the Fall 2023 course options below to understand the types of courses we traditionally offer. Fall 2024 class options will be available in mid-Spring 2024.

General Sections

These UNIV courses are open to any student, regardless of major. They're not paired with other FYE program courses so when you choose one of them, it's the only FYE course you will take during your first semester at CU Denver. 

UNIV 1110-001
Tuesday 9:30am-10:45am
UNIV 1110-002
UNIV 1110-003
UNIV 1110-004Thursday9:30am-10:45am
UNIV 2111-001 (Wellness 101)Wednesday10:00am-11:15am

Specialized Sections

These UNIV courses are specific to certain majors or programs. Depending on which one you choose, you will be taking one or two FYE classes your first fall semester at CU Denver. Learning more about these sections is simple, just check our FYE course list for details.

UNIV 1110-005: CAM RCC Section (Open to students living on the CAM RCC floor in City Heights)Friday 9:30am-10:45am
UNIV 1110-008: Business Section (Open to first-year Business majors only) Tuesday9:30am-10:45am
UNIV 1110-009: Business Section (Open to first-year Business majors only) Tuesday11:00am-12:15pm
UNIV 1110-010: Business Section (Open to first-year Business majors only) Tuesday12:30pm-1:45pm
UNIV 1110-011: Business Section (Open to first-year Business majors only) Wednesday9:30am-10:45am
UNIV 1110-012: Business Section (Open to first-year Business majors only) Monday9:30am-10:45am
UNIV 1110-013: Business Section (Open to first-year Business majors only) Wednesday11:00am-12:15pm
UNIV 1110-014: Business Section (Open to first-year Business majors only) Tuesday2:00pm-3:15pm
UNIV 1110-015: Business Section (Open to first-year Business majors only) Thursday11:00am-12:15pm
UNIV 1110-E16: Business Section (Open to first-year Business majors only) Online AsynchronousOnline Asynchronous
UNIV 1110-E17: Business Section (Open to first-year Business majors only) Online AsynchronousOnline Asynchronous
UNIV 1110-018: Computer Science (Open to Computer Science majors only)Tuesday9:30am-10:45am
UNIV 1110-019: Engineering Section (Open to first-year Engineering majors only) Thursday11:00am-12:15pm
UNIV 1110-020: CAP Section (Open to first-year College of Architecture and Planning majors only) Wednesday9:30am-10:45am


Learning Community Sections

These UNIV courses are paired with other specific ones under our Learning Communities program. That means you'll be taking two to three FYE courses during your first fall semester at CU Denver. Interested? Get the complete rundown on what Learning Communities offer and how they work in our Fall 2023 guide. 

UNIV 1110-006: Criminal Justice (Criminal Justice Majors Only) 
Tuesday11:00am-12:15 pm
UNIV 1110-007: Curious Teacher Learning Community (First-Year Students and Transfer Students) Wednesday12:30pm-1:45pm
UNIV 1110-111: Entering Biology (Biology Majors Only)Thursday11:00am-12:15pm
UNIV 1110-112: Entering Biology (Biology Majors Only) Thursday11:00am-12:15pm
UNIV 1110-113: Entering Biology (Pre-Health Majors Only)Monday11:00am-12:15pm
UNIV 1110-114: Entering Biology (Pre-Health Majors Only)Thursday12:30pm-1:45pm