Student Success Seminars

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U100 Freshman Seminar (3 units) 

In this course, first-year freshmen learn and practice the skills necessary for success in college, life, and their career.

Topics include community-based learning, ethical decision-making, information competence and literacy, goal setting, self-discovery, learning skills, time management, health and safety, and holistic wellness. Students learn about key resources and policies on campus through on-site visits and in-class presentations.

Students will also have the opportunity to develop a strong sense of belonging at CSUN by forming connections and relationships with classmates, the campus, and members of the campus community. The class includes frequent writing assignments, reflection, and learner-centered activities and discussions. (Available for General Education, Lifelong Learning.) (IC)


Are you a new freshman?

U100 is perfect for you if you want to:

  • discover your strengths and interests
  • learn about resources and services available to you at CSUN
  • learn skills that will help you at CSUN and beyond
  • become part of the CSUN community

Sense of Belonging

Access to Resources 

Cultivating Confidence


Student Learning Outcomes


Upon successful completion of U100, you will...

Be able to describe and compare the various dimensions of wellness.

Demonstrate confidence, ability, and willingness to seek and receive help when it is needed.

Be able to describe your personal strengths and interests as a learner and professional.

Be able to describe the characteristics of personal responsibility and incorporate them into your own academic and professional success.

Be able to establish realistic and attainable goals that will help guide and motivate your ambitions.

Recognize that you can have a positive impact on the lives of others and their community.

Each fall, freshmen taking University 100 are invited to participate in a campus-wide celebration of their first-semester academic achievements. 



Freshman Connections

For more information about these classes and how to register, please contact your advisor at the Matador Advising Hub.

U100 Freshman Connections (U100 and one or two other courses are linked; students take the courses together to form a learning community)

Freshman Connection

Linked Course(s)

College of Science & Mathematics

MATH 102: Pre-Calculus


MATH 102L: Pre-Calculus Lab


MATH 091B: Support Course for GE Mathematics



David Nazarian College of Business & Economics

IS 212: Information Systems for Business Users



Dept of Child & Adolescent Development (CADV)

CADV 150: Foundations of CADV


CADV 180: Statistics in Applied Developmental Science



Dept. of Kinesiology (KIN)

KIN 200: Foundations of Kinesiology



Health Careers

HSCI 131: Health & Society

Other Cohorts



The Marino J. Riccomini Family Scholarships

Spring 2022 application deadline: Wednesday, June 8, 2022

Apply through myMatador Scholarships and enter the keyword: Riccomini.

Application requirements

  • You must have successfully completed University 100 in the semester that ends just before the deadline.
  • You must complete the FAFSA or CADAA to demonstrate that you have unmet financial need. For more about this process, go to the CSUN Financial Aid & Scholarship Department website.
  • Your cumulative CSUN grade point average must be 3.0 or higher.
  • You must compose a short essay that responds to this prompt (no more than 250 words, total):
    • The goal of University 100 is to teach you strategies that will help you succeed in your pursuit of a college degree and in life beyond graduation. Choose the most meaningful tip, strategy, or information you learned in U100. Then, compose a short essay response (no more than 250 words) using examples and specifics to:
      • Identify and describe the most important thing you learned.
      • Explain how this information is helping you to succeed at CSUN.
      • Explain how you expect this information will help you in your life beyond graduation.
  • You need a confidential, written recommendation of support from your U100 professor.
    • The recommendation should be brief and address the question: "What specific insights or examples can you offer from the student’s performance in your class to illustrate their desire to succeed in their academic career?" The recommendation must be submitted using CSUN's online scholarship application system.
    • When you submit your application, you will be asked to submit the name and email address of your U100 professor, which will give them access to the system.
    • Important: be sure to give your professor enough notice to meet the application deadline; at least two weeks' notice is recommended.
  • To apply for this scholarship and submit all application materials, go to matador Scholarships and enter the keyword: Riccomini.