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Thriving through Transfer: Success Strategies

UNIV 300B: Thriving After Transfer: Success Strategies

An academic recovery course for first-year transfer students who experienced academic difficulty during their previous semester.

The Course Mission 

The purpose of this course is for students to look critically at their natural talents and strengths so that they may tap into these skills to overcome future challenges and experience future academic success.

What Students Do in UNIV 300B

Students enrolled in UNIV 300B will meet face-to-face for 50 minutes every week .Over the duration of the semester, students will come together with their instructor to explore, discover, apply, and build confidence on next steps to recover academically and push forward to their next semester. These weekly meetings will be supportive and intentionally designed to provide a safe space for students to discuss and build connections with their peers and instructor.

Students will work on: 

  • Academic Policies
     Take time to understand CSUSM academic policies and the importance of Satisfactory Academic Progress.
  • Tools for Success
    Reflect on time management, self-care and prioritizing tasks. 
  • Understanding Self

    Explore personal narrative in understanding your resiliency and goals for college. In addition, students will develop relationship with peers who are experiencing transfer shock and build connections in and outside the classroom.


  • Building Connections to Major and Career
    Understand major requirements and build connections between campus life and  future career choices. 
  • Campus Resources
    Understand campus life at CSUSM and build connections to resources both on-campus and virtually!

Who Should Take UNIV 300B?

This course is currently for students who struggled academically during their first semester at CSUSM.  The course is a 1-unit, graded, and engaging experience that will holistically address student need and guide students in developing a plan to remove themselves off probation within the next two semesters.

What students said...

"This class helped me reflect on how I am as a student, as well as learning more about my values as an individual. I was able to learn a lot not just about school, but also about myself both at school and work."

"This course helped me grow as an individual and a student while also feeling like I now have a professor on my side and wanting me to succeed. "

"I definitely felt the need to change my habits from taking this class. I learned many useful tools and resources that gave me better understanding of school."

If you have any questions about UNIV 300B,  contact the department of First-Year Programs at or Ashley Gragido, Student Success Facilitator at