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First-Year Foundations

Start strong! Whether you’re joining us from North Carolina, across the country, or around the globe, your first-year experiences will help you navigate your transition to Carolina and build a strong foundation for your future success. You’ll have the support and guidance you need to make the most of all the opportunities available to you, as well as the freedom to explore, discover, and grow. You’ll meet your Carolina people, expand and refine your academic interests, and develop skills that will prepare you for what comes next.

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“For undergraduates who are not sure what to major in, Triple-I courses may spark their interest in different majors and careers.”

Arne Kalleberg
Instructor of “Understanding Health and Happiness”

Course Requirements

RequirementCreditsCodeKey Features
First Year Thriving 1FY-THRIVESmall class
Empowers you to participate fully in the opportunities of a research university
First-Year students only
First Year Seminars & Launches2FY-SEMINAR, FY-LAUNCHSmall class
Taught by accomplished professors
First-Year students only
Triple-I: Ideas, Information, & Inquiry4FY-TRIPLELarge class taught by a team of 3 professors
Organized around a broad theme and highlights different approaches
Introduction to data literacy
First-Year students only
Writing at the Research University,
ENGL 105/105i
3FY-WRITINGSmall class
Multi-genre writing course, ENGL 105
Emphasizes research-based writing in disciplines across the university
Global Language3 to 4GLBL-LANGSmall class
Over 25 languages offered

Some courses in this category may double count with: