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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 21– Sunday August 23

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 and concludes at 2:30 PM on Friday August 21,2015


Commuter Students: Check-in anytime between 9:30 AM and 2:30 PM on Friday August 21,2015


Parents: Friday August 21,2015: 3:00PM Information Session; 5:00pm Convocation; 6:00PM Dinner and Goodbyes


Check-in for all First Year Students enrolled in GENS 101: 8:00 AM-2:30 PM on Friday August 21, 2015 in the Boling University Center.

Welcome Weekend Required Attendance Dates and Times:

Friday August 21, 2015: Day 1 begins at 3:00 PM and ends at approximately 6:00 PM for All First Year Students.


Saturday August 22, 2015: Day 2 begins at 8:30 AM and ends at approximately 6:00 PM for All First Year Students.


Sunday August 23, 2015: Day 3 begins at 1:00 PM and ends at approximately 4:30 PM for All First Year Students.


There will be scheduled events before and after these designated times that may require attendance for some students.


Click here to download the Welcome Weekend Schedule. 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.