Your first year, and throughout your time at UW Tacoma, you will be in small classes taught 100 percent by faculty who feel inspired to seek innovative approaches to teaching, have a passion for research and are engaged with the region -- there are no auditorium-style or TA-taught classes. Faculty here believe in a small learning environment, where professors and students all get to know each other in a collaborative, creative learning process.
As part of your general education requirements, your first-year curriculum includes a foundation of core courses with students learning together in small groups. Groups of approximately 25 take four core classes together throughout the year. In addition to the core curriculum, each quarter, students select from a range of elective courses that encourage exploration and preparation for higher-level courses and majors. The first-year core classes count toward the university's general requirements and provide a foundation for achieving overall learning goals of inquiry and critical thinking, communication and self-expression, global perspective-diversity-civic engagement and quantitative literacy.
We Support You! College Takes Work
There are assignments to do, deadlines to meet, requirements to fulfill and forms to complete. The staff and faculty at UW Tacoma are here to help. University Academic Advising will help you sort out your class schedule and make sure you’re on track to graduate. Need help with homework? The Teaching & Learning Center inside UW Tacoma’s Library has experienced tutors waiting to assist on most subjects.
Life doesn’t stop when you step on campus. You might get sick. You might find yourself stressed and in need of someone to talk to. We have a Counseling Center on campus and our partnership with Franciscan Healthcare ensures you have access to a doctor any time of day.
There may also come a time when you need a little more. The Pantry provides students with free food and our Office of Student Advocacy & Support can work with you to create a long term solution to whatever difficulty you’re experiencing.
Our Veteran & Military Resource Center assists veterans, active-duty members and their families with making the most of their educational benefits. The VMRC offers campus programming for our military-connected students.