First-Year Interest Groups

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Courses and Clusters

Students in the same major or department form college-based FIGs. Every incoming first-year student is eligible to participate. Students interested in enrolling should talk with their academic advisors during summer orientation. If you have any questions, please contact us.

College/Program Based FIGs

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FIGs Open to All Students

Interdisciplinary First-Year Interest Groups (iFIGs) are theme-based learning communities, which focus on topics of interest that appeal to students across disciplines. Similar to college-based FIGs, iFIGs fulfill the first-year student’s 360 Connections requirement and are led by a peer mentor and a staff facilitator.

Each iFIG consists of roughly 17 students who meet in a weekly seminar setting, where they share snacks, resources, and experiences. Students also attend two academic classes together based on their theme: a UGS 303 Signature Course and a social science course, both of which satisfy parts of the UT core curriculum. Best of all, any first-year student can enroll in an iFIG, giving them the opportunity to start building a social network with individuals outside of their majors and colleges.

If you are interested in registering for an iFIG, please bring this up during your academic advising session at orientation. If you or your advisor have any questions, feel free to email the FIG Office or call us at (512) 471-4421