Calendar: Fall 2013 (and early Spring 2014)
- December 10-11 (Tuesday-Wednesday): Pet a dog and destress at the Oviatt Library: Tuesday 3-6 p.m. and Wednesday 10 a.m.-12 noon. Just outside the Oviatt front doors. Thanks to therapy dogs from the Love on a Leash organization!
- December 9-17 (Monday-Tuesday): Crunch Time events sponsored by the University Student Union. Check the schedule for details (including free snacks, study supplies, breakfast, massages, and more).
- December 10 (Tuesday): Last day of formal instruction.
- December 11-17 (Wednesday-Tuesday): Final & Common Final examinations.
- December 25-January 1 (Wednesday-Wednesday): campus closed.
- January 16 (Thursday): spring semester officially opens.
- January 20 (Monday): Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: campus closed.
- January 21 (Tuesday): spring 2014 classes begin.
- January 25 (Saturday): spring 2014 Saturday classes begin.
- Check the University Events Calendar
- View the complete 2013-2014 academic calendar (Faculty Affairs)
- View the schedule of classes calendar (Admissions & Records)
- View the semester bulletin (Admissions & Records)
- View the Fall 2013 Schedule Adjustment calendar for adding and dropping classes (A&R)
- Members of the press at CSUN attended Freshman Convocation on September 12. Did you? Read the Sundial story and watch their video wrap-up. The Convocation overview in CSUN Today (9-17-13) offers additional great photos and descriptions.
- "Harmony in the dorms": the photos and interviews in this Los Angeles Times story by Stephen Ceasar feature CSUN freshmen living on campus. The print version has more photos than this online version (renamed "Making cohabitation work for incoming freshmen at college dorms"). CSUN shines! (9/8/2013)
- CSUN has launched a new mobile app (as of 8/21/13) for iPhone and Android with a mobile webpage for all other smartphones at m.csun.edu. CSUN students can use their smartphones to add or drop classes and access Moodle. The app also includes the campus directory and campus map navigation--great for finding your way to office hours or a new-to-you part of campus. Additional functionality will be added throughout the year. (read more...)
- Matador Exchange is up and running! The Matador Exchange is "a marketplace exclusively for CSUN students to buy, sell, or trade items with other CSUN students" including "furniture, electronics, and sports equipment" as well as "textbooks and school supplies." (8/14/13)
- New in fall 2013: free access to Lynda.com for CSUN students! Lynda.com offers video tutorials on how to use many software programs as well as lessons on photography, slideshow presentations, public speaking, career development, and more. Log in with your CSUN credentials at lynda.csun.edu.
- CSUN has subscribed to a terrific new online magazine focusing on health: Student Health 101. You can also apply to write for Student Health 101.
- Irreverent Sundial article: "What You Really Learned at College" by Jim McLauchlin (Dec. 4, 2012). In the U100 world, we sure hope you are aiming to be Hercules!
- "Taking University 100 was one of the best decisions I have ever made."--Spring 2012 U100 student, writing anonymously on a course evaluation form.
- "Live and Learn: Why We Have College" by Louis Menand. The New Yorker, June 6, 2011. If you wonder whether college is worth it all, take heart: professors are asking the same question. However: "Higher education is widely regarded as the route to a better life. It is sometimes pointed out that Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg were college dropouts. It is unnecessary to point out that most of us are not Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg." That is, if you're thinking critically.
- "Books, Stress, Pizza: A Recipe for the 'Freshman 15'?" This NPR radio story discusses why some first-semester freshmen gain unwanted weight and what you can do if this problem applies to you.
- Do you need money to buy your CSUN textbooks? If you are not receiving Financial Aid, you might consider applying for the Bookstore Debit Card Loan Program. If you are receiving Financial Aid, contact Financial Aid and check on the status of your aid. Got Financial Aid questions? Try CSUN's Financial Aid TV. UNIV 100 textbooks, by the way, are available via the library's Course Reserves under UNIV 100. Finally: what if you rent a textbook but later decide you want to buy it? The bookstore says: "From now until around week ten of the semester, students will be able to just pay the difference between the rental fee and the price of the book (new or used, depending on the condition the book that they rented) to convert a rental to a purchase. After week ten, students will have to pay 110% of the retail price to convert from rental to purchase."
- Not sure how to navigate the SOLAR Student Center? Learn how, using the online How-To Guides for Students.
More about University 100
- Log on to Moodle for online discussion and your syllabus
- Course description, signature assignments, and outline of topics for University 100
- Student Learning Outcomes for University 100
- U100: The Core of the Course