University 100

University 100 is the required First Year Experience course for all Concord freshmen or students transferring from other colleges with less than 30 semester hours. Univ 100 helps new students make a smooth transition to college through familiarization with University policies, procedures, and issues of college life. Univ 100 is tailored to enhance students’ academic success through development of critical thinking, time management, and study skills. In addition to the academic component, this course also addresses campus resources and helps build positive relationships with fellow students, faculty and staff.

Here are some of the frequently asked questions by our students regarding University 100 class:

  • Do I have to take Univ 100?
    Yes. Univ 100 is a requirement for all first time freshmen and first time transfers with less than 30 semester hours. It is a great way to meet some of your fellow students.
  • Do I receive a grade for Univ 100?
    Yes. You will receive a letter grade for the class. Attendance and class participation are a big part of your grade and you must successfully complete the course prior to graduation.
  • Does Univ 100 count towards my GPA and hours for graduation?
    Yes. Univ 100 is worth one credit hour and is required for graduation.
  • Are there any assignments?
    Yes. Just like any other class, you will have written assignments and quizzes. You will also participate in a service learning project. The service project coincides with Concord University’s mission of providing service to the regional community. The service project is often the part that students enjoy the most about the class! It is fun and educational, too.
  • What is the summer reading assignment?
    Each year, students enrolled in Univ 100 are required to complete the assigned summer reading – an interesting book chosen by the University community. Feel free to suggest a title for the next year’s summer reading! You will be doing a lot of reading as a Concord University student and we want to start you off over the summer with a positive reading experience.


The required reading for all UNIV 100 students is Listening is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by David Isay, Editor. Other nominations for the 2014 summer reading include:

  • Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer in You by Dolly Parton
  • Einstein’s Dreams by Alan Lightman
  • A Rose for Haley and other works of poetry by Teresa A. Miller
  • And the Mountains Echoed by Khaled Hosseini
  • A First Rate Madness & SOS: Help for Emotions by Nassir Ghaemi, M.D. & Lynn Clark, PhD
  • The Trial by Franz Kafka
  • Escape from Camp 14: One Man’s Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West by Blaine Harden
  • The Fred Factor by Mark Sanborn
  • David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants by Malcolm Gladwell*
  • A Man Called Intrepid by William Stevenson
  • Water 4.0: The Past, Present, and Future of the World’s Most Vital Resource by David Sedlak
  • The Travels of T-shirt in the Global Economy: An Economist Examines the Markets, Power and Politics of the World Trade by Pietra Rivoli
  • *Title selected as UNIV 100 summer reading.

Last updated on Apr 9, 2014. Originally created on Jul 31, 2012. Report incorrect information.