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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 until Monday, Nov. 1. 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.

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First-Year Experience

The First-Year Experience Office supports every single first-year student as they make The University of Texas at Austin their new home.

360 Connections

Participate in a 360 Connection, a small group of first-year students who meet regularly, and start your experience on the Forty Acres as part of a supportive community.

First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)

Join a First-Year Interest Group and take two to three courses with other new students who share your interests. Your FIG will also have an undergraduate mentor and a staff member to help you throughout the semester. Even on the first day of school, you will have friends sitting next to you in class.

Apply to be a First-Year Interest Group mentor.

Signature Courses

Connect with top-level faculty during your first year on campus in your Signature Course (UGS 302 and UGS 303). Offered on a variety of topics, these rigorous, interdisciplinary courses help students transition to college-level academics and introduce valuable university resources.

Transfer-Year Experience Program

The Transfer-Year Experience Program creates a seamless academic transition for undergraduate transfer students. We facilitate first-year transfer student engagement through transfer student Signature Courses and Transfer-Year Interest Groups. We’re the place to go with questions about the core curriculum and the transition to campus. We want to hear from transfer students as they make UT Austin their new academic home.

Apply to be a Transfer-Year Interest Group mentor.

University Lecture Series

Engage in a campus conversation with leading faculty and other first-years at the University Lecture Series. This showcase of nationally and internationally renowned scholars, scientists, and civic leaders is generously brought to UT by the Audre and Bernard Rapoport Excellence Fund for Undergraduate Studies.