University College: Discover It Yourself Program


The mission of the DIY program is to provide structured support and guidance for first-year students who are undecided about their program of study at Philadelphia University and have not declared a major. Facilitated through the Learning and Advising Center, the DIY program provides individualized support to students as they explore their goals and connect their interests with academic opportunities at Philadelphia University.

DIY Learning Outcomes

Through their participation in University College, DIY students will:

  • Improve their knowledge of the programs, courses and curricular offerings at Philadelphia University
  • Gain insights into the career opportunities and pathways available through programs of study at Philadelphia University
  • Develop self-awareness to support informed decision-making
  • Discover their interests, goals and opportunities at PhilaU

DIY Program Description

The University College: DIY program is a supportive community that provides structured guidance and encouragement to help DIY students make an informed decision about their choice of major in the first year. Through special programming, DIY students use their first two semesters to explore their educational and career opportunities, to learn success strategies for college, and to navigate the resources, courses and programs at PhilaU.  

Students in DIY explore their interests through coursework, advising, and individual meetings with faculty and staff members. With the guidance of their first year advisor, students will be able to choose their introductory major courses from thematic groupings that introduce topics and issues relevant to particular professional major programs. All DIY students will be enrolled in a one-credit University Discovery course. The course supports first-year students by introducing academic and interpersonal skills necessary to become engaged learners at PhilaU. Through classes, individual meetings, and personal reflections, students will discover how they learn and develop strategies for academic success, career exploration, and campus engagement.

As part of the University Discovery class, students also engage in activities such as class visits, discussions with upper-level students, and workshops with Career Services, as well as individual meetings with program directors to learn more about what it is like to study in a particular major and where it may lead after college.

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