University College, formerly known as the College of General Studies, was established in 1983. University College was created to provide an administrative structure for coordination and oversight of the University’s General Education curriculum, as well as to provide an academic home for the advising of undecided and pre-professional majors. In 2012, another focus of University College became the Personalized Academic and Career Exploration (PACE) Center, which provides academic advising, career exploration, and mentoring programs for first-year students. University College is home to several academic programs: the Bachelor of General Studies (BGS) degree, University Seminar (US 1100), National Student Exchange (NSE), and Peer Mentoring. Other services and initiatives include the University College Advising Center (UCAC), the Texas Success Initiative Program (TSIP), the Athletic Academic Center, numerous Hispanic-Serving Institution (HSI) programs, and grant-funded strategic initiatives.