The University of Texas at Arlington
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
MavLink Newsletter - February 2012
New Maverick Orientation gearing up to welcome Class of 2016
The college experience begins this summer for your 2012 graduates at UT Arlington’s freshmen orientation program, New Maverick Orientation.
All first-time freshman students attend a 2-day orientation before they can enroll in classes at the University.
Multiple 2-day programs are held each summer to allow students the flexibility to choose the orientation session that is right for them based on their major and their schedule. The New Maverick Orientation Office will post the schedules and open registration for orientation in mid-April. Students will be notified by email about how to register for orientation beginning in April.
The program introduces students to life at UT Arlington by answering their questions about advising, class schedules and enrolling to prepare them for college life.
Students will explore the campus and meet faculty, staff, and other new students. They will also meet with their academic advisor, plan their fall schedule, and register for their first semester of classes.
UT Arlington recommends students sign up for an early orientation session to provide them wider selection of available classes from which to choose.
More information is available online at www.uta.edu/orientation.
Vandergriff Hall and The Lofts Apartments to add more options to living on campus
UT Arlington's newest residence hall, Vandergriff Hall, and The Lofts at College Park apartments will open in August adding another 600 students to the 4,300 who already live in on campus.
UT Arlington's three largest residence halls were all built since 2000 and feature spacious floorplans, in-suite bathrooms, and community amenities like free laundry facilities, gamerooms, and study areas.
Among the 7 residence halls, there are many room options available including double occupancy rooms, private rooms, and triple suites that vary by property.
The apartments offer even more flexibility in floor plans, as each apartment complex offers something unique.
Students who live on-campus will never be bored, because with more than 300 student organizations UT Arlington's campus always has something happening. Between athletic events, big name concerts like Maroon 5, Drake and Rihanna, and campus traditions like Oozeball and Bed Races our students will be a part of a vibrant on-campus environment.
Amenities like our 190,000 square-foot fitness center called the Maverick Activities Center, an intramural sports complex, and a 24-hour library enhance the on-campus experience. The Connections Cafe is the university's main dining center, but students can also choose from an on-campus Subway, Chic-Fil-A, Pizz Hut, Einstein's Bagels, Panda Express, and sushi offerings. Even more stores and restaurants will open in the new College Park district starting in fall 2012.
Residence Hall costs for the 2012-2013 year will range from $2,632 to $5,413 annually per person depending upon room type and property. Apartment costs for the 2012-2013 year will range from $472 to $1,150 per month per apartment depending on apartment type and property.
Students must apply online to live on-campus on the UT Arlington housing page. Once a student completes the application the Housing Office contact them with more information. Students who receive a housing contract must respond within 4 days to lock-in their spot.
Freshman Interest Groups offer guaranteed housing, support benefits to freshman
Incoming freshman can meet new people, get connected to campus quicker, and live on-campus by participating in Freshman Interest Groups, called FIGs.
FIG's are residential learning communities that group incoming students by academic or personal interest in K.C. Hall. Students will live together, take classes together, participate in formal study groups and social events, be assigned a faculty mentor, work with peer academic leaders, and be enrolled in the Freshman Seminar course.
Students who participate in a FIG are more academically succesful than their peers, and feel a greater sense of community at UT Arlington.
"I had a really awesome mentor who was very knowledgeable and helpful. I also got a built-in group of friends and a study group," former FIG member and current PAL Courtney Parker explains. The instant community of FIG's really appeals to students.
Each group consists of 15-22 students who share the same major or interests. In addition to residential FIGs, which live in K.C. Hall, UT Arlington offers Classis FIGS for students who live anywhere and Fusion FIGS which are a blend of off-campus students and K.C. Hall residents.
Residential FIG students must live in K.C. Hall and residence hall placement is guaranteed for those students.
To learn more about Freshman Interest Groups or to apply, students should visit the Freshman Interest Groups website online.
A list of FIGs available for 2012-2013 is also available online.
Tuition, scholarship and financial aid processes updated for 2012-13 academic year
The UT System Board of Regents approved UT Arlington's plan to keep tuition steady for the 2012-2013 year, in spite of tuition increases at other state universities.
UT Arlington uses a flat tuition rate of $4,439 for students enrolled in 12 hours or more. Additional semester hours do not increase the tuition rate, although some courses assess lab or equipment fees per class which may slightly increase the total cost per semester.
In addition to UT Arlington's committment to keeping costs down, the university offers an extensive range of merit-based scholarships and need-based financial aid.
UT Arlington will begin mailing scholarship award letters during the first week of March.
Eligible students who were admitted before the scholarship deadline, and met the merit-based criteria, will be awarded scholarships on a first-come first-served basis.
The official award notification will include directions on how to accept scholarships. Students will need to know their assigned Net-ID and Password in order to access their personal MyMav account. Students may go to https://webapps.uta.edu/oit/selfservice/ or call 817-272-2208 to receive help with accessing MyMav.
The UT Arlington Office of Financial Aid provided need-based financial assistance to more than 26,000 students last year. A unique program called the Maverick Promise is being offered again this year, but students must complete all financial aid paper work, be accepted to the university, and be Pell Grant eligible at least two weeks before the April 1st deadline. More information can be found at http://wweb.uta.edu/ses/fao/content/general/maverick_promise.aspx.
The university awarded more than $300 million dollars in merit-based scholarships and need-based grant assistance last year.
UT Arlington admission counselors are available to assist students who need help navigating the financial aid and scholarship process.
Program changes affect majors offered in College of Liberal Arts
UT Arlington discontinued the bachelor's degree options in Russian, German and Modern Languages this year in order for the Modern Languages department to focus resources on academic areas with increasing student interest.
Coursework will still be offered in these areas, but the majors have been discontinued for all future students.
Students already majoring in those areas will be able to complete their degrees.
The Modern Languages department will continue to offer bachelor's degrees in French and Spanish while offering coursework in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
Also, please note the Speech concentration in the Bachelor's of Communication degree at UT Arlington is now called Communication Studies.
We will do our best to keep you updated on any further changes in the academic departments at UT Arlington and if you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us at 817-272-6287.
03/02 - Drake Concert
UT Arlington will host Drake for its spring concert at the new College Park Center. The Drake concert is sold out, but you can see a list of upcoming UT Arlington events at www.utatickets.com.
3/06 - Maverick Speaker Series Presents Dr. Robert Ballard
Deep sea explorer and oceanographer Robert Ballard, most famous for discovering the wreck of the Titanic, will give a lecture titled "Adventures in Deep Sea Exploration," at Texas Hall. Tickets available online at www.utatickets.com.
03/06 - Financial Aid Night
Financial Aid Night is an evening educatonal session held for prospective students and their families to explain UT Arlington's financial aid opportunities, application process, and award process. Financial Aid Night is open to all prospective undergraduate students. Students must register online at www.uta.edu/admissions/events/financial-aid-night.
3/6 - 3/10 Southland Conference Basketball Tournament
The men's basketball team will play in their final Southland Conference Tournament in Katy, TX as the number 1 seed. If they win the conference tournament they will automatically qualify for a bid to the NCAA tournament. UT Arlington moves to the Western Athletic Conference on July 1.
3/12 - 3/15 Spring Break
UT Arlington's Spring Break will be held from 3/12 - 3/15. Encourage your students to take a campus tour during their spring break. Visit www.uta.edu/visit to learn more about UT Arlington's tours.
3/16 - University Holiday
UT Arlington will be closed on 3/16 for Spring Break.
3/24 - Maverick Speakers Series Presents Jeb Bush
Former Governor of Florida Jeb Bush will give a lecture titled, "Achieving Excellence in Education," at the College Park Center at 8pm. Tickets will be available beginning March 7 at 10am on www.utatickets.com.
3/31 - UT Arlington Preview Day
Preview Day is an open house program held for prospective students and their families on four Saturdays each year. Students will design their own schedule and be able to choose from tours, information sessions, an academic and student life fair, and academic open houses. Learn more and register online at www.uta.edu/admissions/events/preview-day.