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Vol First-Year Experience

Through your Vol First-Year Experience, you will have the opportunity to engage with peers, faculty, and staff within your academic college while learning how to navigate life at UT. The experience will:

  • Enroll first-year scholars in two courses: a first-year seminar (FYS 101 or similar course) and an academic course
    • 1-credit first-year seminar connecting you to critical resources like Vol Success Teams and the Academic Success Center. Topics covered in first-year seminars include Diversity & Inclusion, Health Education & Wellness, and Student Engagement & Leadership.
    • 3-credit academic course required for your major. Connect with faculty and explore opportunities available in your major.
  • Support you in building meaningful relationships with faculty, staff, and one another
  • Aid your transition to UT by connecting you with resources designed to support your success

Contact your advisor for more information about the Vol First-Year Experience.


First-Year Seminar Grid

Use this table to determine which 1-credit seminar applies to you. Register by going to and clicking on add/drop classes. Find this course by entering the course subject (FYS) in the search bar while browsing for classes. Then select the title that matches your college/major and the section that will work with your schedule.

Note: Tickle College of Engineering, College of Agriculture, and Haslam College of Business students, contact with your advisor regarding specific first-year seminar classes you need to take that may not be in this list


Student Details
Course Number
Course Subject
Arts & Sciences majors only General – Arts & Sciences 101 FYS
Exploratory LLC students only (Undecided Students) Exploratory – Arts & Sciences 101 FYS
College of Agriculture majors only Herbert College of Agriculture 101 FYS
Education, Health and, Human Sciences majors only Edu/Health/Human Sciences 101 FYS
Audiology and Speech Pathology majors only Audiology and Speech Pathology 101 FYS
Education majors only Education 101 FYS
Special Education majors only Special Education 101 FYS
Nursing majors only Nursing 101 FYS
Social work majors only Social Work 101 FYS
College of Architecture + Design majors only  College of Arch & Design 101 FYS
1794 Scholars, Chancellor’s Honors, Haslam Scholars, and Honors Leadership Programs students only FYS Honors & Scholars 101 FYS
Academy for Global Scholars students only Academy for Global Scholars 101 FYS
College of Communication & Information majors only CCI Majors 101 FYS