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Residential Freshman Interest Groups and Learning Communities

Benefits of Joining a Residential Freshman Interest Group 

  1. You will live in a dynamic community with other freshman students who have the same major or interest.
  2. You will experience enhanced advising, priority registration, and increased academic support when you enroll in similar courses with other FIG students.
  3. You will begin to develop relationships with faculty and staff from your chosen major as soon as you arrive on campus.
  4. You will develop friendships with other like-minded students which provide opportunities for social engagement and support.
  5. You will get a head start on pursuing your academic and career goals.
  6. You will network with other students who may eventually become future professional colleagues and life-long friends.

What is the difference between a Residential Freshman Interest Group (FIG) a Learning Community (LC)?

Freshman Interest Group (FIG):  First-year students may merge their academic priorities with their personal and social goals by joining a Freshman Interest Group (FIG). Each FIG consists of 15-30 students who share the same major or interest. These freshmen enroll in similar class schedules, usually sharing three to four core classes, and participate in a specially-designed Freshman Seminar, which allows students to begin working together with faculty and staff from their chosen major as soon as they arrive on campus.  FIG students may also choose to live together in a Residential FIG which provides increased opportunities to develop friendships and interact with other like-minded residents.  Additional information on Residential FIG opportunities is shown in the chart below.

Learning Community (LC):  First-year students who join a Residential FIG will be placed into a Learning Community (LC) which may include one or more FIGS and may also include some upper-class residents who share a similar major or interest.  LC’s serve as a geographic boundary within a residence hall where like-minded majors can live together, attend major- or interest-oriented programming, and rely on one another for academic and social support.  Learning communities are established in designated residence halls as shown in the chart below.

 

Learning Community (LC) Description Residential Freshman Interest Group (FIG) Description Academic Interest Residence Hall
Designing the 21st Century

 

Designing The 21st Century Learning Community (LC)

Members of this LC live in a vibrant community with others who share an interest in either Architecture or Engineering. This LC helps you network with others who shared a passion to create a better future through design and applied technologies.

Architecture FIG

This residential FIG is open to freshmen students interested in Architecture or Interior Design. Joining this FIG will give you a head-start in this popular and nationally-recognized department.

Engineering FIG

This residential FIG is open to freshmen students interested in Engineering. Joining this diverse community will provide you an introduction to the various engineering disciplines and help you explore career opportunities and emerging technologies.

Architecture Engineering

West Campus
Science and Discovery

 

Science and Discovery Learning Community (LC)

Members of this LC live in a vibrant community with others who share an interest in life sciences and related health-care careers.   This LC helps you network with others who are passionate about discovering how science can improve the human condition.

Science & Pre-Med FIG

This residential FIG is open to freshmen students interested in Biology and related life and health sciences. Joining this FIG will give you a head start if you are majoring in biology, including pre-med, pre-pharm, pre-dental, or pre-vet. 
Biology KC
Business

 

Business, Inc. Learning Community (LC)

Members of this LC live in a vibrant community with others who share an interest in business. This LC helps you network with others who are passionate about advancement in the business community and exploring entrepreneurial opportunities.

Business FIG

This residential FIG is open to freshmen students interested in business.  Joining this FIG will allow you to enroll in business courses as a freshman, participate in problem-solving activities in a business environment, and rapidly meet the admission requirements of the College of Business 
Business Arlington
Engineering Your Future

 

Engineering Your Future Learning Community (LC)

Members of this LC live in a vibrant community with others who share an interest in Engineering. This LC helps you network with others who are passionate about using engineering and applied technologies to solve real world problems.

Engineering FIG

This residential FIG is open to freshmen students interested in Engineering. Joining this diverse community will provide you an introduction to the various engineering disciplines and help you explore career opportunities and emerging technologies.
Engineering KC
Healthy Lifestyles

 

Healthy Lifestyles Learning Community (LC)

Members of this LC live in a vibrant community with others who share an interest in Kinesiology, Nursing, or leading a well-balanced, healthy lifestyle.  This LC helps you network with others who are passionate about health-related careers or are personally engaged in individual or group wellness activities.  

Kinesiology FIG

This residential FIG is open to freshmen students interested in Kinesiology and Public Health. Joining this FIG will allow you to mingle with Nursing and Health Innovation faculty, staff, and upper-class students.

Nursing FIG
This residential FIG is open to freshmen students interested in nursing. Joining this FIG will allow you to network with professional nurses, develop a professional portfolio and experience expedited advising and registration.

Kinesiology

Nursing

West Campus
Arts and Society

 

Arts and Society Learning Community (LC)

Members of this LC live in a vibrant community with others who share an interest in literary and artistic expression.  This LC helps you network with others who share your passion for the arts.

Liberal Arts FIG

This residential FIG is open to freshmen students interested in all liberal arts disciplines. Joining this FIG will allow you to explore academic and career options, evaluate your strengths and aspirations and how they apply to each discipline, and gain critical thinking and writing skills that will give you the competitive-edge academically and in your future career. 
Liberal Arts Vandergriff
Nursing

 

Nursing Learning Community (LC)

Members of this LC live in a vibrant community with others who share an interest in Nursing.  This LC helps you network with others who share your passion for compassionate care.

Nursing FIG

This residential FIG is open to freshmen students interested in nursing. Joining this FIG will allow you to network with professional nurses, develop a professional portfolio and experience expedited advising and registration.
Nursing Arlington
Terry Scholars

 

Terry Scholars Learning Community (LC)

Members of this LC live in a vibrant community with others who are part of the Terry Foundation Scholarship Program, no matter what major or classification of the student.

Terry Scholars FIG

Participation in this residential FIG is required for freshmen recipients of the Terry Scholarship. The Terry Scholarship Program at UTA provides significant financial, social, and academic support to students selected as Terry Scholars. 
Any Vandergriff
ROTC

 

Army ROTC Learning Community (LC)

Members of this LC live in a vibrant community with others who are members of the ROTC program at UTA.  This LC educates, trains, and inspires future leaders of character committed to the Army Values and prepared to lead in a complex environment as officers in the Army.  Students must be a full-time student and admitted to the ROTC program to be eligible to participate in the ROTC LC.
Any Trinity
Honors

 

Honors College Learning Community (LC)

This LC provides Honors College members the opportunity to live with other high-achieving scholars in a close-knit environment. Students must be admitted to the Honors College in order to be eligible to participate in the Honors College LC.
Any Vandergriff