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Welcome Weekend

Thursday, August 18 - Sunday, August 21

First-Year Initiative

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Welcome Weekend

Thursday, August 18 - Sunday, August 21

The best thing you can do to ensure your collegiate success this Fall is to register for General Studies 101!

A Letter to the First Year Students:

We're so glad you're here! We can't wait to help in your transition to college life at UT Martin.

 

Step One is to enroll in t General Studies 101, also known as GENS 101. It's a class taught in the fall by experienced faculty members and a PEP Leader through the FYI program. It is designed to help you with your transition into all things UTM. This class will help you make friends, learn about opportunities and resources we have on campus, and help ensure your success!

 

As a part of GENS 101, you will also have a PEP Leader. A PEP Leader is an older student that serves as a friend, mentor, and resource. Their main goal is to help you and your other Gens class members (also known as your PEP Group) navigate through all the good and bad of your first semester!

 

Want to make sure you are ready for all things FYI and GENS 101? Check out our FAQs to keep you in the loop. It's a great day to be a Skyhawk!

 

Sincerely,

 

The First Year Initiative Program

 

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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.

Thursday, August 18 - Sunday, August 21

Check-in for Welcome Weekend is from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm on Thursday, August 18! We then kick off our weekend of fun at 3:00 pm. Our schedule of activities will be available to view soon! All students registered for General Studies 101 class are strongly encouraged to attend Welcome Weekend.

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. Over a 10 year period, 96% of students enroll in the General Studies 101 course. Of those who make an A, the overall semester average is 3.10. Those who choose not to enroll have an overall semester average of 2.50.

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.