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Fall 2021 Update

The First-Year Experience team remains committed to supporting our students, faculty, and staff members during this challenging semester. Our staff will have limited availability in person from 9 a.m.-12 noon and 1 p.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. We are also available for student, faculty, and staff questions via phone, email, or video conference. If you have questions, need support, or would like to schedule a time to meet, please send us an email.

First-Year Interest Groups

First-Year Interest Groups

A First-Year Interest Group (FIG) is a group of 18-25 first-year students who take two to four classes together during their first fall semester at UT. Each group attends a weekly seminar led by a peer mentor and a staff facilitator. FIG students develop a sense of community as they attend classes, study, and participate in various activities and events with their mentor and fellow first-years. View current FIG course clusters.

Students discuss issues like

  • study and time management strategies
  • campus life and involvement opportunities
  • social opportunities and issues