360 Connections

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What is a 360 Connection?

360 Connections are designed to help first-year students integrate socially, academically and developmentally to ensure successful retention and on-time graduation. By participating in a 360 Connection, students receive a holistic, 360° view of life as a Longhorn.

  • A 360 Connection is a small community of first-year students who meet regularly with a common purpose, goal or theme.
  • They may be called a cohort, program, community, group, or class, among other things.
  • 360 Connections aid students in the transition from high school to college and help connect them with people and resources on campus.
  • For more information regarding the 360 Connections initiative and programs visit: http://www.utexas.edu/ugs/360

Suggested Guidelines for 360 Connections

  • Consist of approximately 20 students. This can be a part of a larger group as long as there is a formal structure for a small community or cohort to form within this larger group.
  • Meet regularly — preferably once per week.
  • Have regular contact with a professional staff/faculty member on campus, as well as with a peer mentor/upperclassman.
  • Have a particular topic and curriculum that engages students and enhances their learning and transition.
  • Communicate key messages or themes throughout the semester outlined by the campus-wide 360 Connections program.
  • Have a designated point person to create/maintain a social media presence (blogs, Facebook, Twitter, e-mail group, etc.).