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APSU 1000

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Course Description

Description from Undergraduate BulletinAn interdisciplinary course which provides students with the foundations for a successful university experience by integrating an introduction to the liberal arts with an orientation to APSU expectations. Emphasis is given to the meaning, values, and goals of a liberal education as students engage in academic and career planning, use the tools for information literacy, develop good academic habits, and become involved in campus life. Class begins during Freshman Orientation. Required for all first time freshmen and students who enter APSU with fewer than 12 hours earned in a college/university setting. Student must remain enrolled in APSU 1000 until a grade of C is earned; no student who has earned 12 hours or more may enroll except those students who have two DSP requirements.

Learning Outcomes

Students who complete APSU 1000 from Austin Peay State University will be able to demonstrate the following knowledge and skills:

  • Attain a basic level of experience in critical inquiry and research.
  • Understand the role of a student as a contributing part of the university community by participating in campus cultural or recreational activities.
  • Develop a comprehensive academic and career development plan leading to matriculation and career path. 

Course Objectives

Through successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Understand the value of the general education core in living a well-rounded life and the value of a university education.
  • Develop a support group of peers while negotiating the transition to college.
  • Become familiar with the history and culture of APSU, including its policies and procedures.
  • Improve critical thinking, communication, research, academic success, and decision-making skills.
  • Explore interests and set personal goals for careers and academic majors.
  • Learn about and participate in campus resources, activities, and organizations that enhance academic and personal development.
  • Examine personal and societal issues faced by first-year students.
  • Demonstrate student responsibility in academic advising, class attendance, being prepared for class, classroom behavior, and adhering to deadlines.

Peer Mentors

Each section of APSU 1000 is supported by a successful student, who will attend all class meetings, support the APSU 1000 instructors, and, just as the title describes, serve as a mentor for the students in their class. This course meets during freshman orientation and once/twice each week beginning at the start of term. The peer mentor is expected to meet the class each class period and to be available at least one additional hour outside of class to assist both the instructor and students as needed.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Attend all class sessions
  • Report to class on time and remain until class is dismissed
  • Meet with instructor outside of class on a regular basis to assist with class planning
  • Assist the Instructor in class as necessary needed
  • Facilitate course topics according to instructor guidance
  • Facilitate one group activity during the semester
  • Meet one on one with each student outside of the course during the semester
  • Be a role model to all students and an advocate for the university
  • Encourage student engagement in campus activities: academic and social
  • Maintain correspondence with your assigned Student Success Coordinator
  • Read the Peay Read book before APEX Weekend
  • Attend APEX Weekend as outlined in APEX schedule for APSU 1000 Peer Mentors (August 19th-21st)

Required Minimum Qualifications: 

  • Undergraduate Student
  • 12 credit hours earned to apply
  • 24 credit hours earned to be selected at the end of Spring
  • 3.0 Cumulative GPA
  • Maintain full-time student standing (12 credit hours registered per semester)
  • Applicants must have no history of formal, or informal, student codes of conduct violations

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Involved in campus activities documented on PeayLink
  • Actively involved in the department of your major
  • 30 credit hours completed by the end of Spring training

Selection Process:

  • March 1st - Application and Reference  due by (
  • March 14th – Selected applicants will be invited to interview via APSU Email
  • April 1st - Selected students will be notified via APSU Email to participate in the training seminars (TBA)
  • April 25th - Final Selection of Peer Mentors will be paired with an Instructor
  • Academic and PeayLink Transcripts will be evaluated
  • Selected applicants are paired with classes based on instructors request, scheduling availability, and needs of APSU 1000


  • Scholarship will be awarded during the fall semester.

For more information contact CTL Student Success Coordinators

Kacie Ellis

Student Success Coordinator


       L. Whitney Milliken

Student Success Coordinator