Helping students learn the skills to succeed.


The purpose of ACAD 1100 is to help new students make a successful transition to the University of Memphis, both academically and personally. This course aims to foster a sense of belonging, promote engagement in the curricular and co-curricular life of the university, articulate to students the expectations of the UofM and its faculty, help students develop and apply critical thinking skills, and help students continue to clarify their purpose, meaning and direction.

  • Over 50% of new incoming Freshmen take ACAD 1100 their first semester.
  • ACAD has been taught at the UofM for over 25 years
  • ACAD 1100 is taught by UofM faculty and staff who are committed to helping freshmen have a successful college career.

Goals and Objectives

I. Foster academic success

As a result of this course, students will ...

a) Adapt and apply appropriate academic strategies to their courses and learning experiences.
b) Identify and apply strategies to effectively manage time and priorities.
c) Identify relevant academic policies, processes and resources related to their academic success and timely completion of degree requirements.

II. Discover and connect with the University of Memphis

As a result of this course, students will ...

a) Identify and use appropriate campus resources and engage in opportunities that contribute to their learning within and beyond the classroom.
b) Develop positive relationships with peers, staff and faculty.
c) Discover the history, purpose and traditions of the UofM.

III. Promote personal development, well-being and social responsibility

As a result of this course, students will ...

a) Clarify their values, and identity and articulate how these shape their perspectives and relationships with people who are similar to and different from themselves.
b) Examine and develop strategies that promote well-being and explain how wellness impacts their academic and personal success.
c) Initiate a process toward the attainment of personal and professional goals and articulate potential pathways to employability.