Strategies for Success Program

**Freshman students are highly encouraged to enroll in SLS 1501 during their first semester on the UCF campus.  Enroll during day 2 of  Orientation.**


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.

Three Prong Approach to promote student success:

  • Student Success Strategies: Time Management, Study Skills, Note Taking, Active Reading, Exam Preparation, Critical Thinking (focusing on application)
  • College Level Writing and Research: Introduction to college level writing (including technical writing), research development (including peer reviewed research in the library database), and the APA writing style
  • Career Readiness: Self-Reflection upon students career interests and identification of co-curricular involvement over the next four years, resume development, elevator pitch

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

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.

Impact of SLS 1501: Students and Peer Mentors

Meet the SLS 1501 Team 

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.