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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 be working remotely through the end of the fall 2021 semester. We will be available on campus by appointment only during this time. 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