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The University 101 Peer Leader Program at the University of South Carolina has been an important component of the University 101 course since 1993. Outstanding rising junior and senior students are recruited to serve as role models and mentors for incoming first-year students. Peer leaders must have a minimum grade point average of 3.0 and also must demonstrate leadership/involvement in other substantive areas of university life. It is the goal of the University 101 staff to recruit a quality cohort of peer leaders that will allow for each section of the course to be co-taught by an instructor and undergraduate or graduate student.
The Graduate Leader Program provides an opportunity for second-year graduate students of the Higher Education & Student Affairs program to learn how to effectively develop and teach a first-year seminar. By working with an instructor of University 101, graduate leaders engage in a practical learning experience where they attain course development and management skills and connect and apply concepts, skills, and theories studied in graduate coursework to their experience in the UNIV101 classroom.