We care about the health of our community.  As a way to increase precautionary health measures--such as social distancing--that can reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, the UNIV courses (1000, 1101, and 1131) will be going on-line through Canvas until further notice.  All PAL office hours and study groups will be held on-line as well, via Microsoft Teams.


If you have any questions, please contact your PAL or IOR through Canvas or the email on your syllabus.  You can contact New Student Courses staff by emailing lc@uta.edu. 


Thank you for your patience as we navigate this challenging situation.  Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have any questions.  For updated information about the University’s actions related to the novel coronavirus, please visit: https://www.uta.edu/announcements/coronavirus/faq.


Stay healthy, Mavericks!

The Office of New Student Courses

The Office of New Student Courses provides offers required courses students will need to take to help them be more successful in their academic careers at UTA. Whether it is your first time in college ot transferring in from another institution, we are there to support your journey!


A Learning Community (LC) is an exciting way for first-year students to merge their academic priorities with their personal and social goals. You join a LC based on your major, and will get matched with students in the same field. You will take your first year practicum course with these students, and will be mentored by a Peer Academic Leader (often in the same field as the students), who will assist as a discussion leader for the class under the supervision of the instructor. You will also be placed into a few other classes with your LC colleagues. This allows you to have a built in study group of people in your major from your first day here at UTA!

In order to ensure there is a group for everyone, we offer two options: Classic and Residential. To learn more about Residential LC options, please check out this page.

Residential LCs

If you are interested in a Residential LC, specify this option on your housing application. You do not need to fill out an additional RLC application here once you have selected this option.


  • Reserved seats in important core classes

  • Opportunity to join a Residential group, and live in one of our Residence Halls with your RLC

  • First year practicum class focused specifically on being successful in your major

  • Valuable personal experiences from the Peer Academic Leader

  • Historically LC students have been more successful in their other courses

Peer Academic Leader Program

The Peer Academic Leader (PAL) Program hires over 100 student employees to work with the Learning Community Program. These students, under the guidance of the New Student Courses Office, assist as a discussion leader for the class under the supervision of the faculty from disciplines across campus in the Student Success Practicum courses. Their focus is to help give all new UTA students a strong start to your academic journey here at UTA. These students can help you with all different issues to connect you with the many academic, social, and professional resources across campus.

  • Division of Student Success

    Office of New Student Courses

  • Contact Us

    Location: Ransom Hall 202

    Email: lc@uta.edu

    Phone: 817-272-6190

  • General Office Hours:











  • Mailing Address:

    The University of Texas at Arlington

    New Student Courses

    Box #19194

    Arlington, TX 76019-0194

Our Mission:

New Student Courses is committed to: 1) connecting students with programs and services on campus that promote academic success, retention, and ultimately, timely graduation and 2) serving the UTA community by promoting cooperation and coordination of programs aimed at student success.


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