The Office of Undergraduate Student Excellence (USE) empowers students to achieve their greatest academic potential as engaged members of the UNCG community. Each of the USE programs – Exploratory Studies, Summer Launch, UNCG Guarantee, and other initiatives – provide students with the access, opportunity, and support necessary for collegiate success.
- Foundations for Learning (FFL) 100: Exploring Self, World and Future: This two-credit course, offered exclusively to new freshmen at UNCG, is designed to help students transition successfully to the UNCG community. Under the guidance of their FFL instructor and a Peer Academic Leader (PAL), students examine their role as engaged global learners in the educational experience through an exploration of the purposes of higher education and an introduction to the resources, skills, and competencies essential to academic success at UNCG.
- Exploratory Studies: This living-learning community is intended for new UNCG freshmen who are interested in exploring academic majors and career paths within health and human services. Through intentional and coordinated curricular and co-curricular learning, students take classes together, live with one another in Reynolds Residence Hall, and connect with faculty and staff as part of their major and career exploration at UNCG.
- Summer Launch: This two week semester bridge program is designed for students who may benefit from additional time and support in adjusting to the academic and social rigors of college. Summer Launch allows new freshmen students to arrive early to campus for their first fall semester and begin their transition to UNCG with course work and program support from a team of faculty, staff, and student mentors.
- UNCG Guarantee: This scholarship and support program helps in-state students with significant financial need graduate from UNCG with little or no debt. In addition to a four-year financial aid package, students are provided ongoing mentoring, advising, and other programmatic support throughout the academic year from staff, peer advisors, and alumni mentors.
- Student Withdrawal Surveys: The Office of USE reaches out and provides support to all students who have withdrawn or are considering a withdrawal from the University.
- Retention SWOT Team: Supports the Dean of Undergraduate Studies in ongoing efforts to meet the 2013 success goals for increasing freshmen-sophomore retention rates.
- First-Year Task Force: Working in conjunction with New Student & Spartan Family Programs, the FYTF creates an intentional series of first year programs and services at UNCG to increase student learning and achieve higher retention rates between the first and second year.
- Student Success Brochure: Provides students, faculty, and staff an online one-stop-shop for information about all of the University’s student success resources and services.
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