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. Learn about the types of FIGs and view “FIG course clusters:fig/courses.
FIGs give new students the support and tools they need to navigate and succeed at the university. Enrolling in a FIG will give your student a number of advantages. Learn how your student can join.
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Through his or her FIG, your student will make friends with similar academic interests, connect with top UT faculty and a student affairs professional, and have a student mentor as a guide through the transition to college.
FIG mentors are current UT undergraduates who co-facilitate the weekly FIG seminar and mentor incoming freshmen during their first semester on campus. The spring before leading a FIG seminar, all FIG mentors enroll in UGS 104, a mentor development course, where they learn theories behind group development and group dynamics, as well as communication and facilitation skills. Learn more about the position description
Already have a student at UT? Encourage him or her to apply to be a FIG mentor.