Parents and Families

Taking UK 101 (for first-year students) or UK 201 (for incoming transfer students) is a great way for your student to be introduced to valuable campus resources, meet faculty/staff, and connect with other new students. Nearly 50% of incoming first-year students enroll in UK 101. Please encourage your student to take advantage of this wonderful opportunity!


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Why should my student take this class?

We strongly encourage all new students to take UK 101 or 201! It is either their first time being a full-time college student or their first time taking classes here at the University of Kentucky. Our class covers all the important things to know in order to be successful now and in the future at UK. Your student will have the opportunity to be in a small class to meet other new students, and they will have a student peer instructor who can be their guide through this first semester as well as an instructor who genuinely cares about their success.

Our data supports this recommendation, too! Students who take UK 101 are retained at the university at a higher level compared to those who do not take the course. This is true for students regardless of their high school GPA. For students entering in fall 2016, those who took UK 101 were retained at 84.1%, compared to those who did not take the course, who were retained at 82.4%. We also see a GPA increase as well! Students who took UK 101 in fall 2016 had an average first semester GPA of 3.12, while those not in the course had an average first semester GPA of 3.05.

  1. Who takes UK 101?

All types of students! This past year we had more than half of the first-year class enrolled in the course, making it one of the largest on campus. It’s for all students; regardless of the grades or test scores they bring to UK, UK 101 positively impacts the retention of most students.

  1. Is this required for my student?

There are some programs or scholarships that require students to take UK 101, but for all other students it is not required (but highly encouraged).