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University 101 Programs

University 101's Impact on Academic Success & Persistence

UNIV 101 students have consistently had higher one-year retention rates, six-year graduation rates and first-year GPAs than students who do not enroll in the course. 

First- to Second-Year Retention Rate

The percentage of first-year students in a given cohort who returned to USC for their second year of college


First-Year GPA

Combined fall and spring semester GPA


Six-Year Graduation Rate

The percentage of first-year students in a given cohort who graduated from USC within six years


Definition of Terms

All First-Year Students — all first-time, full-time students starting in a given fall semester

Excluding Honors College — first-year students not enrolled in the South Carolina Honors College

Note: Given that these students have significantly higher predicted grades and tend to enroll in UNIV 101 at a lower rate than other students, excluding these students from the analyses provides a more accurate picture of the impact of the course.

Pell Grant — first-year students who are recipients of a Pell Grant

First-Generation — first-year students whose parents have not completed a bachelor’s degree

Lowest Predicted GPA Quartile — First-year students whose predicted first-year GPA (based on prior academic achievements such as high school GPA and SAT/ACT scores) is in the lowest 25th percentile of the first-year cohort

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