360 Connections

UT is committed to providing a rich experience to all its freshmen. In particular, we offer programs that enable freshmen to join small learning communities that make the large campus environment more friendly and less intimidating. Some programs last for only a single semester; others may span the entire college career:

  • CNS 101 offers all incoming CS students a small learning experience to get involved in the CS culture and get to know your peers through weekly 1 hour small-group seminars held by experienced CNS 101 mentors.
  • Freshman Research Initiative (FRI) offers freshman the opportunity to become involved with one of UT’s research projects.
  • First-year Interest Group Program (FIG) forms cohorts of no more than 25 freshmen who take 2 to 4 courses together, including a 1 hour seminar per week
  • Dean's Scholar Program (DS), offers exceptional science majors the unique opportunity to enrich their undergraduate education by being introduced to cutting-edge research and being in contact with superior students with similar aptitudes and interests.
  • Texas Interdisciplinary Plan (TIP), provides the advantages of a small college environment within a large research institution to a select group of exceptionally motivated and persistent students through a 4 year program
  • Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) provides motivated students with an opportunity to study mathematics or chemistry in a challenging but friendly environment.
  • Turing Scholars Program (TS) is an honors program for outstanding Computer Science undergraduates with the opportunity to explore research and connect with faculty.
  • Gateway Scholars Program provides incoming freshman with the opportunity to take small classes, receive peer mentoring, and individual counseling to ease their transition from high school to college.
  • Women in Natural Sciences (WINS) allows women within the college a community and resources to be successful through first-year cohorts, peer mentoring, and volunteer work.
  • Residential Learning Community offers students a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) experience to a small group of students in dorms on campus. Students take the same courses and participate in social engagement with peers and peer mentors to enhance their experience.