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Learning Communities

UT Arlington's Learning Communities are all housed on campus in Arlington, Kalpana Chawla (KC), and Vandergriff residence halls. General learning communities serve as a geographic boundary within the halls where like-minded majors can live together, attend major- or interest-oriented programming and rely on one another for academic and social support.

For example, engineering and architecture majors can occupy the same area of KC Hall. We call that area a Learning Community. Any learning community can serve as the home to several Freshmen Interest Groups or (FIGs). To join a general learning community, apply for campus housing and indicate a preference for Arlington, KC, or Vandergriff and your learning community.

It's never too early to begin thinking about your future at UT Arlington. Remember, Learning Communities are open to everyone, not just freshmen. The Learning Communities are located as follows:

  • Arlington Hall
    • Business Incorporated
    • Designing the 21st Century
    • Healthy Lifestyles
  • KC Hall
    • Engineering Your Future
    • Science and Discovery
  • Vandergriff Hall
    • Honors
    • Arts & Society

Not sure which FIG group or Learning Community is right for you?  Look up your major using the chart in the highlighted link and find out what group will fit your major the best. 

Do I have to live in a residence hall to be in a Learning Community?
Yes, currently all of the Maverick Scholar Learning Communities are housed in residence halls.

Freshman Interest Groups (FIGS)

A Maverick Scholars Freshman Interest Group (FIG) is an exciting way for first-year students to merge their academic priorities with their personal and social goals. Each FIG consists of 15-22 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 our specially designed Freshman Seminar, which allows them to begin working together with faculty and staff from their chosen major as soon as they arrive on campus.

Each FIG features innovative programs designed to help students engage fully with campus life and meet leaders from their chosen field of study. Most FIG students eventually become leaders on campus and in their major thanks to the knowledge they gain from this hands-on support from faculty and from their familiarity with the many UT Arlington resources. In addition, each FIG features the support of an upper-class student, called a Peer Academic Leader (PAL), who can offer advice, support and mentoring as the student progresses through his or her first year.

In order to ensure there is a group for everyone, we offer three options: Classic, Fusion, and Residential.

Classic FIGS

Living Requirement: Classic FIGS have no living requirement; students may opt to live in any UT Arlington Housing facility or off campus.

Residence Hall Housing Contract: Not applicable.

Program Length: Fall semester only of freshman year.

Benefits and Extras: Shared course schedule, faculty mentor, peer academic leader, enrollment in the Freshman Seminar, specialized programming, built-in social network.

Fusion FIGS

Living Requirement: Students may opt to live in specified residence halls or off campus.

Residence Hall Housing Contract: Beds reserved for students who wish to live in specified residence halls.

Program Length: Fall and spring semesters of freshman year.

Benefits and Extras: Shared course schedule, reserved space in residence halls, formal study groups, specialized programming, faculty mentor, peer academic leader, enrollment in the Freshman Seminar.

Residential FIGS

Living Requirement: Required to live in specified residence halls.

Residence Hall Housing Contract: Placement in specified residence hall is guaranteed. Beds reserved for everyone in the FIG.

Program Length: Fall and spring semesters of freshman year.

Benefits and Extras: Shared course schedule, reserved space in residence hall, formal study groups, social/academic programming, faculty mentor, peer academic leader, enrollment in the Freshman Seminar.

A Room for Growth

LIVING ON CAMPUS

A ROOM FOR GROWTH

College is a place of discovery that equips you with the knowledge, skills, and experiences you’ll need to achieve your biggest broadest goals or your focused strategic plans. And when you’re on that path of discovery, you’ll need a place to live that allows room for all that growth. A place that encompasses everything you could hope to get out of a college experience and so much more.

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