First-year interest groups (FIGs) are one of the simplest and most comprehensive ways that the university provides first-year students with a small community of friends, colleagues and mentors to help them adjust to campus life.

Natural Sciences FIGs

It's a great way to forge a link between your academic and social experiences. When you join a FIG, which any first-year student not already in another program can do, you're choosing to take between 2-4 classes in the fall semester together with a "cohort" of no more than 25 other first-years, all of whom have similar academic interests. Some other benefits of being in a FIG are:

  • Easy to form study groups.
  • Regular contact with peer mentors and an advisor from Natural Sciences.
  • Begin your path to fulfilling degree requirements and graduating in four years.

If you are interested in joining a FIG, speak with your advisor during summer orientation.

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Texas Transfers (TxT)

Texas Transfers are like FIGs except that they're designed to meet the unique needs of students transferring to UT. TxT places emphasis on university resources and addresses challenges that are unique to transfer students. Indicate your interest to your advisor during transfer orientation.