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First-Year Students

The first year of college can be challenging. Everything around you is changing from new sights and sounds to new people and places. Even the expectations of your faculty may be different than what you have grown accustomed to. One thing is for sure, college is very different than high school. In high school you had a more set schedule, routines that you had developed over many years, and strategies that worked to help you achieve the grades you needed to advance to the next level. But all of the things that you have learned to get you to this point now need to be reevaluated.

In college, your faculty are going to expect more from you than you have ever imagined. They will ask you to think critically about important issues, to understand difficult new concepts, and they will force you to grow and challenge your own opinions. In the end, you will emerge a stronger scholar, more prepared than ever to take on the challenges of the world before you. To succeed you will need to work hard, study more than ever, and take advantage of the many resources available to you as a UT Arlington student. All around you are people and offices dedicated to your success, and you will be more successful if you start to use these offices early and often throughout your education.

At University College we understand that students are always more successful when they can learn from the advice of others. That is why we have asked students and faculty to share their advice and the knowledge that they have gained from their experiences at UT Arlington in our Video Advice and Q&A pages. You will also find links to some of the programs that University College offers to help students get off on the right foot, such as the Maverick Scholars program, or to help you get back on track if you've lost your way. Whatever your academic needs, you can be sure that University College will be by your side to help support you along the way toward achieving your goals.