Strategies for Success Program

What is SLS 1501?

Strategies for Success (SLS 1501) is a 3-credit hour elective letter grade course designed to assist students in transitioning to the University and collegiate life. In a small engaging classroom setting, the course helps students build a strong academic foundation by developing important life and study skills. Students will also learn and apply critical thinking skills towards diversity and social justice issues, career-readiness and other topics that promote student success persistence through the first-year and beyond.

Your SLS 1501 Professor will be a UCF Faculty or Staff Member who is dedicated to ensuring your student success.

Spring 2018 Enrollment Information:

There are four sections of SLS 1501 offered in spring:

  • Tuesday/Thursday from 1:30PM – 2:45PM in CB 109 , Section 2, 18035 (Krsmanovic)
  • Monday/Wednesday from 12:00PM – 1:45PM in CB 109, section 3, 18037 (Johnson)
  • Tuesday/Thursday from 1:30PM – 2:45PM in ENG2 (Engineering 2) 205, section, 4, 18187 (Reyes) (New room location)
  • Monday/Wednesday from 4:30PM – 5:45PM in TA 302, section 5, 18243 (Heller)

Spring admit freshman and continuing students may enroll in any SLS 1501 section via myUCF.

If you experience any issue enrolling, please contact Dr. Johnson

SLS 1501 Peer Mentors

Each SLS 1501 section is assigned a highly-competitive UCF Knight that demonstrates outstanding scholarship, leadership, and community involvement. The Peer Mentor provides an extraordinary amount of mentorship including dedicated outreach support as well as connection to academic and high-impact opportunities for SLS 1501 students. Peer Mentors also gain exceptional facilitation skills as they lead weekly discussions around student success topics, our Common Read selection, and campus transition.

Course Topics

Learn and apply the skills necessary to be a highly competitive UCF Knight!

  • 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

Models of Success

“I graduated top in my high school class and figured college would be a breeze. I was so wrong! I had no idea how to write a college level paper. SLS introduced me to the APA writing style and the UCF Writing Center.”

“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.”

“My Peer Mentor became much more than a mentor, she really became a friend. I have a hard time meeting people and it seemed everyone else got friends quickly. My mentor would invite me to events on campus so I would not go alone. Now I have started an organization on campus to help other freshman gain friends.”

Frequently Asked Questions

SLS 1501 is a 3-hour elective letter grade course. Every major allows room for elective hours. Enrollment in SLS 1501 counts towards your graduation hour requirement. Your academic advisor is the best resource to ask questions regarding excess hours.

SLS 1501 is designed to assist in your academic success and the rewards are simple: a highly competitive GPA results in students eligibility for participation in Undergraduate Research Programs, Internships, Jobs, Study Abroad, and many other opportunities that have highly selective applications. Your SLS 1501 Instructor will be a dedicated UCF Professional Staff Member or Faculty Member who want you to succeed here at UCF. Each section also has an assigned Peer Mentor that serves as exceptional guidance and assistance.


The SLS 1501 Program will be hiring for the following positions in 2018-2019:

  • Graduate Assistant (Supervises the SLS 1501 Peer Mentor Program)
  • Adjunct Faculty (Instructor of one section of the SLS 1501 Freshman Seminar)
  • Peer Mentor (Serves as the mentor to one section of SLS 1501 students)

Applications will be posted in mid-January 2018! Click Here to be the first to learn about these exciting opportunities with the SLS 1501 Program.

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