University College

University College

University College Glossary

When transitioning into a new environment, it is important to have a firm grasp of the important terms used to identify key offices and services.  Below is a quick glossary of terminology related to University College.  If you read through the information here and you are still uncertain about something, please feel free to contact us.  We would be happy to assist you in making your transition into UT Arlington and University College as easy and stress-free as possible.

Academic Advisor

Academic advisors are full-time professional staff who work with students as they design their class schedule for the semester.  In high school, students are generally automatically enrolled in classes for a semester, and then they may speak with a guidance counselor to choose electives.  Similar to a guidance counselor, an academic advisor helps a student choose which courses to take while also helping to serve as a means of support for students as they "learn the ropes" in college.  During your first year at UT Arlington, you will meet with an advisor from the University Advising Center in University College.  Once you leave University College, you will be assigned to an advisor in your major.  Remember, no matter where you are being advised, you should always check with your academic advisor before you make any changes to your schedule.

First-Year Seminar

First-year seminars provide an opportunity for students to begin thinking about their role as part of the university and to explore the world around them.  UT Arlington offers a variety of first-year seminars, but at their core, each seminar will offer students the opportunity to interact with other students and faculty, to learn more about the transition into university life, and to find out more about campus resources while practicing critical thinking skills that so important to student success.

Freshman Interest Group

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 15-25 students who share the same major or interests. 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 is also assigned a Peer Academic Leader who will serve as a mentor and instructor, offering fun and innovative programs and helping students learn college success skills.

Major Exploration

Choosing a major is one of the more important decisions that a student will make in college.  Sometimes you know what you want to major in right from the beginning, but sometimes students need some help in narrowing down their choices.  Major Exploration provides a process for students to examine their interests, strengths, and skills in an effort to match them with a major that is the right fit for them.  UT Arlington students have access to academic advisors in the University Advising Center who will guide them through this journey, or students may choose to take the Major Exploration course for a deeper examination of the academic opportunities offered to students at the university.

Maverick Resource Hotline

The Maverick Resource Hotline is a referral-based service that works to link students with the many academic, social, and professional resources across campus.  Whether you're looking for help in a class or seeking information about a policy, office, or department,  students may contact the Maverick Resource Hotline for answers.  There are several ways to access resource information.  Students can find an extensive list of office and resource contact information online through the Maverick Resources website.  If you can't find the information you need there, you can contact the hotline via email at or by phone at (817) 272-6107.

McNair Scholars Program

The McNair Scholars Program is designed to prepare qualified UT Arlington undergraduates for graduate study culminating in the Ph.D. The program thus provides many benefits to assist scholars to become more competitive in the graduate school application process, leading to their admission to top-ranked programs and facilitating a smooth integration into graduate-level work.

Peer Academic Leader (PAL)

Peer Academic Leaders are undergraduate students assigned to first-year seminars and Freshman Interest Groups to assist new students in their transition to college life.  PALs work with students in every college and school on campus to help teach academic skills that are important for achieving overall student success.  They also offer innovative programs aimed at providing fun and informative opportunities for students to get involved on campus and in the community while learning more about the expectations of college.  Students who are interested in becoming a PAL should visit the PAL recruitment website to learn more about the qualifications and expectations of the position.

Supplemental Instruction

Supplemental Instruction (SI) is an internationally recognized student assistance program aimed at improving student performance in historically difficult courses.  SI offers students regularly scheduled group discussion sessions led by specially trained upperclassmen and graduate students.  These discussion sessions are designed to help students master the concepts of an academic course and, at the same time, increase their competency in the learning strategies relevant to the course.  SI is free to all students.  A full list of SI sections are posted on the Supplemental Instruction website.

TRiO-Student Support Services

TRiO-Student Support Services is a federally-funded TRiO grant program that offers free academic support services for qualifying students at UT Arlington.  These services include free tutoring, educational seminars, advising, lending programs and a private computer lab.


University Tutorial offers individualized tutoring by high-quality, nationally certified tutors to students in a variety of subjects.  Unlike Supplemental Instruction, which is a group session, tutoring is a one-on-one experience which allows students to choose a time that is convenient for them.  Tutoring sessions cost $6.50 an hour.  First-time freshmen may be eligible to receive free tutoring through the Start Strong Freshmen Tutoring Program, which offers up to six free hours of tutoring if students will sign-up for and use their first hour of tutoring during the first four weeks of classes.  Students utilizing tutoring should remember that seeking help in courses early on, before they get behind, is the best way to maximize the results of a successful tutoring experience.

University Studies

University Studies is a Bachelor of Science degree program at UT Arlington that aims to provide a path to graduation for students seeking options beyond the traditional university majors.  The University Studies degree program features a breadth of study in a variety of academic disciplines and seeks to maximize your current credit hours to put you on a fast track to graduation.  Students applying to the University Studies program must have already completed at least 60 hours and have a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.  A full list of the requirements and entrance criteria is available on the University Studies website.