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UNC-Chapel Hill believes all admitted students can thrive in college, graduate, and grow into lifelong learners.

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What is Thrive@Education?

The Thrive@Education curriculum is a collection of new and long-standing courses for undergraduate students designed to help them be successful at Carolina and beyond. Courses are taught by Education faculty, Student Affairs and campus professionals, as well as talented doctoral students. There is no application process and courses are open to all undergraduate students. Courses include a broad survey course with learning and well-being that connects to UNC resources for first year students (EDUC 190), to courses on career development (EDUC 131, 132), as well as upper level undergraduate courses with in-depth content on well-being (EDUC 231) and learning (EDUC 330, 387). We also offer specifically designed courses to help transfer students (EDUC 301) and others succeed on campus (EDUC 130).


Promote UNC-CH undergraduate student success and well-being

Strengthen, deepen and systematize our engagement with the campus-wide efforts of Thrive@Carolina

Course Options

New 2018-2019 Pilot Course
EDUC 190: Special Topics in Education - First Year Thriving
2 Credits, Letter Grade, Gen Ed: Pending

The course will analyze the scholarship on academic and personal transitions and potential paths for thriving at a liberal arts institution. We will bridge contemporary research in learning science, as well as emerging adulthood, cultural competence, positive psychology and more. The research is linked to UNC-CH campus resources and high impact strategies students explore and practice. Students will increase self-awareness and self-advocacy to maximize their experiences in the classroom and in the Carolina community.

In addition to the core First Year Thriving course, these additional courses offer unique opportunities for more in-depth study of core learning, career, transition, and thriving content.

EDUC 231: Thrive@Carolina and Beyond
3 Credits, Letter Grade, Gen Ed: SS, CI

Learn about the science of thriving and strengths-based strategies for young adult development. The course will bridge contemporary literature on positive psychology (e.g., hope, optimism), developmental assets, resiliency, cultural competence, engagement/connectedness, positive youth development, and more. In particular, learn and work on thriving as a student at UNC-Chapel Hill.

EDUC 330: The Science of Learning
3 Credits, Letter Grade, Gen Ed: SS

In this three credit hour course, students will be introduced to the science of learning literature, which covers educational, cognitive, and social psychology, as well as studies in behavioral neuroscience, the learning sciences and disciplinary education. Students will be expected to understand the conceptual and empirical foundations of the science of learning, and they will also be asked to apply this understanding to case studies, problem sets, and their own education. This course is appropriate for students who want to know how people learn, and how to leverage that understanding to improve their own, and others’ learning.


Transition courses are challenging, credit-bearing courses developed for students during key transitional periods of the undergraduate experience. These courses are offered by the School of Education in partnership with the Office of Undergraduate Retention in the College of Arts and Sciences and Thrive@Carolina.

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Omar Simpson
Counselor and Transition Course Coordinator
EDUC 130: Navigating the Research University
1 Credit, Letter Grade

This course will provide students with knowledge to succeed at a research university. Students will consider what it means to have a liberal arts education and will learn about motivation, resiliency, and self-advocacy. Students will reflect on their current work toward academic success and their path to graduation.

EDUC 301: Junior Transfer Seminar - Thriving in Transition
3 Credits, Letter Grade, Gen Ed: SS, EE-Fieldwork

Course challenges students to think critically about educational issues as they transition to a research university. Through readings, videos and activities, students explore the value of higher education, the development of intelligence, and the role of habit and happiness in college success. Students also conduct and present original qualitative research.


Career courses are offered for all students in a developmental sequence to progress through career exploration and planning. The courses are offered through the School of Education in partnership with University Career Services.

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Gary Miller
Director of University Career Services
EDUC 131: Career Exploration
1 Credit, Pass/Fail

EDUC 131, Career Exploration is a one hour Pass/Fail course offered to first and second year undergraduate students. The course is designed to help students choose and plan for their majors and career paths. It is offered through the School of Education and taught by Career Counselors from University Career Services.

EDUC 132: Career Planning
1 Credit, Pass/Fail

This course is designed for juniors and seniors who are preparing to embark on their post-Carolina job search. Students will learn how to develop the necessary tools and skills required to execute an effective job search.


Tutoring courses are available to students who receive high grades in the classes they wish to tutor and wish to be trained in effective tutoring strategies prior to working with students. Tutors are supervised by instructors throughout the semester. The courses are offered through the School of Education in partnership with the Learning Center.

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Kimberly Abels
Director of The Learning Center
EDUC 387: Peer Tutoring
3 Credits, Pass/Fail
May be repeated for credit. 6 total credits. 2 total completions.

Peer Tutoring is an APPLES service-learning course that provides undergraduates the opportunity to serve fellow students through tutoring. Tutors must have an overall GPA of 3.0 or higher. Interested students must apply to be a peer tutor to enroll in the course.Click here to apply.

Advisory Boards

Student Advisory Board

  • Larissa Burke

    Junior, Anthropology
  • Emily Hillard

    Junior, Education
  • Aliyah Jordan

    Senior, Exercise and Sports Science
  • Taylor Koenen

    Junior, Undecided
  • Daniel Ligons

    Junior, Communications
  • Bonnie Opdyke

    Junior, Nutrition
  • Bekah Pounds

    Junior, Psychology
  • Olivia Smith

    Senior, Business Administration
  • Stacy Simmons

    Junior, Biology
  • Jacob Thomas

    Senior, Computer Science

Faculty/Staff Advisory Board

  • Cheryl Bolick

    Associate Professor
  • Robert Martinez

    Assistant Professor
  • Jeff Greene

    Associate Dean and Professor
  • Audrey Fulton

    Director of Advising and Undergraduate Student Engagement
  • Gary Miller

    Director of University Career Services
  • Christy Clemons

    Peer Tutoring Coordinator, The Learning Center


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Dr. Patrick Akos
Director of Thrive@Education

Contact for questions about the program or courses. (919) 843-4758
Rachel Winters
Administrative Support Specialist

Contact for registration or administrative issues. (919) 962-6025
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Audrey Fulton
Director of Advising and Undergraduate Student Engagement

School of Education contact for academic advising (919) 843-6245