SLS 1501 Freshman Seminar Course

The SLS 1501 course is offered by the Educational Leadership and Higher Education (ELHE) Program in the College of Community Innovation and Education (CCIE) and is open to students in any major/program of study.

Students placed on probation may select any SLS 1501 section that accommodates your class schedule via myUCF. Ensure you reference the information provided by your college for more information regarding your probation status.

Spring admit and continuing UCF students may enroll in any section that accommodates your schedule via myUCF.

Applications are now being accepted for Summer B and Fall 2021 Adjunct Faculty positions. Review the job description HERE (attached) to learn more about the SLS 1501 course and qualifications. Ensure you review the criterion prior to If you have questions regarding your eligibility to teach, contact Lindsay Archambault. For questions regarding the application or course, contact Dr. Johnson.

All applications are due by 11:59PM, Sunday, March 21, 2021.

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What is the SLS 1501 Freshman Seminar Course?

  • 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 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.
  • Each section of SLS 1501 is assigned an Adjunct Faculty selected by the SLS 1501 Program.
  • NOTE: As of Spring 2021, the SLS 1501 course will no longer have SLS 1501 Peer Mentors assigned to sections.

I am so thankful for my SLS 1501 course. Coming into college, I was confident I knew all there was to be successful. I did everything right in high school and was well on my way in my major. I did not realize how difficult college would be. SLS 1501 taught me how to correctly read my textbooks and study for exams. My first semester was tough, but I made it through and now I am more confident moving forward. I understand now how valuable SLS 1501 is.

Student Success Narrative

Spring 2021 Section Offerings

We are pleased to offer four SLS 1501 sections offered Face-to-Face. These sections will follow the strict COVID-19 UCF policies of offering in-person classes including limiting the number of students enrolled in each section, seats separated by facility management, and requiring all students and Faculty to wear masks while in class.

There will also be one section offered remotely following synchronous course instruction. This section will meet via Zoom on Monday and Wednesday from 4:30PM – 5:45PM during the semester.




Meeting Time




Dr. Stacey Malaret

T R 10:30AM - 11:45AM

CB1 307



Dr. LeeAnn Roberts

M W 10:30AM - 11:45AM

CB2 204



Dr. Jamil D. Johnson

M W 12:30PM - 01:45PM

CB2 204



Dr. Richard Williams

T R 01:30PM - 02:45PM

NSC 108



Dr. Doris Alcivar

M W 04:30PM - 05:45PM


R = Thursday

SLS 1501 Learning Outcomes

  • Increase self-efficacy, confidently perform college-level tasks and make effective decisions that will promote retention, persistence, and graduation as a highly-competitive UCF Knight.
  • Develop effective short-term and long-term goals and apply action steps needed to reach your goals.
  • Understand college-level research inclusive of peer-reviewed research, effective presentation skills (written, oral, and multimedia), and writing college-level papers in APA format.
  • Identify the important co-curricular and high-impact practices that correlate to your intended major and/or career-interests to participate in to strengthen your academic pathways.

Three Prong Approach to Promote Student Success

  1. Student Success Strategies: Time Management, Study Skills, Note Taking, Active Reading, Exam Preparation, Critical Thinking.
  2. College Level Writing and Research: Introduction to college level writing (technical writing), research development (peer reviewed research in the library database), and APA writing style (We are introducing students to APA; however, depending on the major there could be other writing styles students may need to learn. Students will learn these in their major specific coursework.
  3. Career Readiness: Self-Reflection upon student’s career interests and identification of co-curricular involvement over the next four years, resume development, elevator pitch.


I previously enrolled in a course like SLS 1501 (i.e. Community College or High School), should I take this course at UCF?
Absolutely! SLS 1501 courses at other institutions help you get into UCF whereas the course at UCF helps students graduate from UCF!

I have 30 or more credit hours, am I still eligible to enroll?
Any FTIC student (i.e. those admitted with accelerated hours, AP/IB credit, etc.) may enroll in SLS 1501. Continuing Sophomores may also elect to enroll.

Are there any major restrictions?
Sections are not major based; thus, students from all majors may enroll in SLS 1501. However, there are major based sections or sections with restricted enrollment (a note is indicated in myUCF).

Is SLS 1501 an easy A?
The course is designed to support success and students should approach like any other college-level course. Attending class, participating, and submitting assignments are strategies to success.

Is SLS 1501 offered at UCF Downtown?
SLS 1501 is not currently offered at UCF downtown in any semester. This course should not be confused with SLS 1122 which Valencia College students are required to take.

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.

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
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