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FYS 101: The UT Experience

FYS 101, offered during fall and spring semesters, equips you with the skills needed to aim DSC02235for graduation and success in the field of your choice. It is a one-credit course specifically designed to assist you with your personal and academic adjustment and transition to college life. FYS 101 offers opportunities for you to meet other first-year students and establish support groups with your peers, staff, and faculty. In addition, you will develop the skills to thrive in the classroom and in life beyond the classroom.

FYS 101 also offers the opportunity for undergraduate students to serve as peer mentors to new first-year students at UT by assisting an FYS 101 instructor in a section of FYS 101 for the fall or spring term.


Topics Covered in Seminar

  • Discovery and enhancement of Clifton Strengths
  • Academic and Learning Strategies
  • Library and Research at UT
  • Diversity and Inclusion
  • Career and Academic Exploration
  • Campus Resources
  • Time Management
  • Leadership and Service

Seminar Goals and Learning Outcomes

  • Create connections with peers, peer mentor, and instructor
  • Recognize and locate college resources that support academic and personal growth
  • Engage in academic exploration and career exploration
  • Apply academic strategies, including goal setting, time management, and study strategies
  • Identify and explore ways to expand on individualized top 5 Clifton Strengths
  • Discuss diversity and inclusion through the lens of self-exploration and open dialogue

FYS 101 Course Components

The goals and student learning outcomes of FYS 101 encourage consistency across sections, while supporting instructor flexibility in designing and implementing the curriculum. Each section will include the following common components:

  • Instructors are faculty/staff who support the First-Year Experience
  • Connection to Campus Resources
  • FYS 101 Peer Mentor
  • College specific advising preparation
  • Information on UT offices and programs


Program-Specific Courses

Some students take a specialized first-year course in lieu of FYS 101. Be sure to ask your advisor about: