First Year Experience
Adjusting to life away from home and in the college environment can be challenging, so UH-V offers a First Year Experience to help you get started. We begin with a Freshman Seminar class that helps you settle into the university and the community. These classes are built around themes tailored to a number of interests and are linked to academic core classes to give you an immersive experience that combines curricular and extracurricular learning your first semester.
UH-V’s Freshman Seminar courses introduce you to campus life. You will become familiar with academic services like advising, tutoring, and library resources and campus services like financial aid and counseling. You will also get to know the many aspects of extracurricular life offered by our Student Life department.
You may choose from a number of thematic topics for your Freshman Seminar. The themes are developed by the instructors and change each semester, but we make sure to offer a broad variety from which to choose.
Most of our Freshman Seminar courses are also linked to academic core courses to offer a holistic learning experience through our Living and Learning program.
List of Current Freshman Seminar Courses
Campus Resources for Freshman Seminar Students
Request for Exemption from Freshman Seminar
Occasionally a student has extenuating circumstances that allow them an exemption from Freshman Seminar. Requests for exemption are evaluated on a case by case basis by a committee of University College personnel. Students wishing to request an exemption should fill out this form on our Jag Sync page.
Beyond the Freshman Year
You will conclude your freshman year ready to succeed in your future courses and knowledgeable about the extracurricular and co-curricular opportunities that will bring you fulfillment and enjoyment throughout the remainder of your time at UHV. Just as importantly, your First Year Experience will provide you with the connections and experiences necessary to make yourself at home at UHV. After you get settled in, you will find a number of programs and resources to help guide you through as you complete your degree.
Sophomore Year Resources
Men’s Advising Program
The Men’s Advising Program (MAP) is a mentoring program that includes 15 weeks of training in life skills that will help you navigate the “real world”.” For information, contact Eric Camarillo, MAP Director, at or (361) 570-4286.
Living and Learning Communities
Through learning communities that link core classes and Freshman Seminar, you will have an opportunity to work closely with a team of instructors, academic support professionals, and student life representatives to create a sense of community that will help you feel at home at UHV.
Living and Learning Communities include a service learning project that will help you build your resume while helping a number of important organizations in Victoria. The end result is a deeper feeling of involvement both in the university and in the larger community.
Service Learning Opportunities
Adopt-a-Pet of Victoria
8215 Houston Hwy.
American Cancer Society
American Red Cross Crossroads Chapter
1501 E Red River St. #1
Boys & Girls Club of Victoria
202 Hopkins St.
Communities in Schools of the Golden Crescent
Dorothy O'Conner Pet Adoption
135 Progress Dr.
Food Bank of the Golden Crescent
3809 E. Rio Grande St.
Girl Scouts of Greater South Texas
104 W River St.
Golden Crescent CASA
120 S Main St. #416
Golden Crescent Habitat for Humanity
207 N. Glass St.
Hospice of South Texas
605 E. Locust Ave.
Mid-Coast Family Services
120 S Main St #310
Museum of Coastal Bend
2200 E Red River St.
The Texas Zoo
110 Memorial Dr.
214 N. Main St.
Victoria Adult Litercy Council
2200 E. Red River #104
Victoria Business and Education Coalition
3404 N. Ben Wilson St.