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Academic Foundations SLS 2901 is a three-credit elective course for first year students designed to prepare them for a successful college experience. The course provides the necessary knowledge and experiences for students to be successful personally and academically. Each class consists of approximately 25 students. The course focuses on the transition to college, development of academic strategies, exploration of careers and majors, scholarly inquiry through research, and acquisition of global perspectives. Research has shown that students who complete a seminar course like Academic Foundations have a higher GPA, are more likely to graduate on time, and are more involved in campus activities.

Making the transition from high school to a major university is sometimes challenging, yet very exciting. The Academic Foundations course brings first-year students together in small groups to discuss such topics as:

  • Campus Resources
  • Learning Strategies
  • Degree & Career Planning
  • Academic Integrity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Managing Time & Money
  • Library & Technology Resources
  • Health & Wellness
  • Undergraduate Research
  • Diversity & Globalization

We are proud of our first year academic programs, and we hope Academic Foundations will become a valuable beginning to your college experience at the University of South Florida.

Looking for Academic Foundations SLS1101? Academic Foundations SLS2901 is the new student success seminar offered to first-year students at the University of South Florida. Academic Foundations incorporates curriculum from the Academic Foundations seminar as well as additional topics relevant to the first year experience.

Questions about Academic Foundations?

Contact academicfoundations@usf.edu or (813) 974-4501.

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Instructor Resources are now available in the Academic Foundations Instructor Canvas site. Contact academicfoundations@usf.edu or (813) 974-4501 for more information.

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