University of Houston-Victoria

University College

First Year Experience

Adjusting to life away from home and in the college environment can be challenging, so UHV 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.

UHV's First Year 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 may choose from a number of thematic topics for your First Year 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.  

Freshman Seminar

Adjusting to life away from home and in the college environment can be challenging, so UHV 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.

Service Learning

All Freshman Seminars 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. 

Request for Exemption from Freshman Seminar

In rare cases, students may be exempt from taking Freshman Seminar or may be able to take a modified version online. Please reach out to us and we'll provide a form for you to fill out for the appeal.

TSI Requirements and Corequisites

For students not meeting TSI minimum scores in math or English we offer a content-intensive Freshman Seminar with math and English components. These Freshman Seminars are taugh in conjunction with core courses in math and English to offer corequisite remediation.

For students needing intense remediation in math or English, we offer labs in each subject that are linked to the corequisite seminar.