Welcome to SLS 1501! This fantastic course is a collaboration between the College of Undergraduate Studies and the Department of Educational Leadership and Higher Education, part of the College of Community Innovation and Education. The best part? It’s open to students from all majors and programs of study! So, no matter what field sparks your passion, you’re welcome to join us and embark on this exciting journey.

Interested in teaching SLS 1501? Visit our SLS 1501 Faculty page.

What is the SLS 1501 First-Year Seminar Course?

  • Strategies for Success (SLS 1501) is a 3-credit hour elective course designed to help you make a smooth transition to university life.
  • Forge a solid academic foundation for your educational journey while enhancing your study skills and academic abilities.
  • Not only that, but you will boost your critical thinking skills and identify important co-curricular activities and high-impact practices to enhance your career-readiness.

Impact of SLS 1501

In this video, hear all about SLS 1501 from students taking the class and their instructors.

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Still not convinced? Read what other students who have taken the course had to say:

In high school I aced every exam. I honestly did not have to study. My first exam at UCF was an eye opener. Not only did I fail it broke my confidence. SLS helped me implement a better study routine, test taking strategies, and introduced me to the Student Academic Resource Center (SARC).

UCF has over 500 organizations and clubs. I knew I wanted to be involved on campus but had no idea the real time commitment. SLS helped me prioritize my time management skills so school was main goal but I could still be involved and make friends.

Course Topics

Learn the skills you need to be a UCF Knight that is ready to compete with the best!

  • Effective Time Management
  • Self-Reflective Techniques
  • Career-Readiness
  • Academic Research and Writing
  • Critical Thinking and Debate
  • Effective Goal Setting
  • Motivation
  • Financial Literacy
  • Academic Resilience
  • Presentation Strategies
  • Study Strategies & Test Taking


Absolutely! Similar courses at other institutions help you get into UCF, but our SLS 1501 course helps you gain the necessary skills to successfully graduate from UCF!

If you graduated from high school and enrolled at UCF with less than 12 college credits since earning your high school diploma, you are considered an FTIC student. Any FTIC or entering first-year student regardless of credit hours may enroll in SLS 1501. Entering first-year students who earned credits through dual enrollment, accelerated hours, AP/IB credit, etc. and Continuing Sophomores may also enroll in the course.

Yes! You are welcome to enroll no matter what your major is. However, there might be major-specific sections or sections with restricted enrollment. If so, these sections will be clearly indicated in myUCF.

While SLS 1501 is designed to help you to be a successful student, you should approach it like any other college course. Attending class, actively participating, and submitting assignments on time are key strategies for achieving success in this course.

If you have any more questions or need further information, please feel free to contact Aliandra Burgos, the Academic Program Coordinator for this course, at aliandra.burgos@ucf.edu.

Section Offerings

Spring 2024