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Welcome Weekend 2016

Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21, 2016

First-Year Initiative

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Welcome Weekend 2016

Friday, August 19 to Sunday, August 21, 2016

There are 3 stages within the First Year Initiative Program:


The UT Martin First Year Initiative (FYI) is a unique program designed to help First Year Students with their transition to university life.


During SOAR, prospective First Year students meet with academic advisors and register for classes.


Additionally, students and parents receive information about various student services including academic support, housing, financial aid, and student involvement.

Friday August 19 - Sunday August 21

Welcome Weekend is designed to orient First Year students to their academic programs and campus life opportunities.


At the beginning of Welcome Weekend, each student is assigned to a group of students with similar academic interests. A faculty mentor and a peer counselor (PEP Leader) lead the group during Welcome Weekend and throughout the General Studies 101 class. It is during Welcome Weekend that students begin their transition into the UT Martin community.

When to report for Welcome Weekend:

Residential Students: Move-in begins at 6:00 AM on Friday August 19, 2016


All First Year Students: Check-in for Welcome Weekend will begin at 8:00 am on Friday August 19, 2016


Parents: Friday August 19, 2016: 3:00 PM Information Session; 5:00 PM Convocation; 6:00 PM Dinner


You can also view our Campus Map for directions.

The General Studies 101 class begins during Welcome Weekend and is a semester-long, two-credit hour class which focuses on the strategies and skills needed to achieve success in the collegiate environment.


The class is taught every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 12:00 PM to 12:50 PM by a faculty mentor and one or more PEP Leaders.


This course graded A-F does factor in to the Tennessee Lottery Scholarship grade point average.

Catalogue Description:

GENS 101-General Studies, Seminar in Freshman Studies (2 credit hours)


This class consists of small group discussion of the problems commonly encountered by First Year Students making the transition from high school to college. The major aspects of the course include assigned readings on current topics, informational programs presented by major academic units, academic and career planning placement and proficiency testing in addition to general orientation to the university.


The Learning Outcomes for the General Studies 101 class are:

  1. Show understanding of academic/curricular requirements
  2. Show understanding of opportunities for interpersonal connections for success
  3. Show understanding of and for decision-making and time-management skills for success
  4. Show understanding of communication skills needed for success
  5. Show understanding of technical skills needed for success in your chosen profession or a profession of interest.

Academic Calendar Fall 2016

Fall 2016

March 28-April 1
Early Registration Begins for Summer and Fall 2016

August 17
Finalize registration with payment for Fall 2016

August 19-21
Freshman Year Initiative (FYI)

August 19
Fall Advising

August 22
**First day of classes

August 22-26
Late Registration

August 26
**End First Adjustment Period: (Last day to Add)
(Last day to Drop with no record of enrollment)

September 5
Labor Day Holiday

October 7
Mid-Term Progress Reports Due

October 14
**Last Day to Drop a Class

October 15-18
Fall Break

November 7-15
Advising & Early Registration for Spring 2017

November 23-27
Thanksgiving Holiday

December 1
Commencement Practice 4 p.m. (Elam Center)

December 1
I’s calculate as F’s from Spring 2016

December 2
I’s calculate as F’s from Summer 2016

December 2
Classes end

December 3-9
Final Exams

December 10
Commencement 11 a.m.