University College

University College

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 15-30 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 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 all of UT Arlington's offerings. In addition, each FIG features the support of an upper-class student, called a peer academic leader, 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 and spring semesters of freshman year.

Benefits and Extras: Shared course schedule, formal study groups, 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 KC Hall or students may opt to live in any UT Arlington Housing facility or off campus.

Residence Hall Housing Contract: Depending on where the FIG is based, beds reserved for students who wish to live in Arlington Hall, KC Hall, or Vandergriff Hall.

Program Length: Fall and spring semesters of freshman year.

Benefits and Extras: Shared course schedule, reserved space in one of the three program Residence Hall for about half of the participants, formal study groups, specialized programming, faculty mentor, peer academic leader, enrollment in the Freshman Seminar.

Residential FIGS

Living Requirement: Required to live in either Arlington Hall, KC Hall, or Vandergriff Hall, depending on which group.

Residence Hall Housing Contract: Placement in either Arlington Hall, KC Hall, or Vandergriff Hall is guaranteed. Beds reserved for everyone in the FIG.  Hall varies depending on the group.

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.