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First-Year Studies

First-Year Studies (FYS) is devoted to ensuring a smooth transition and a successful experience for all students in their first year at the University of Tennessee (UT). The goal of FYS is to help students transition—personally, socially, and academically—to life at UT. Effectively making these transitions in the first year is crucial to success at UT, graduation, and future achievement.

  • FYS 100, 101, 129
  • TRNS 201
  • Academic Alert
  • Peer Mentors
  • Volunteer Bridge
  • Transition Coaching/Advising

Office of National Scholarships and Fellowships

The Office of National Scholarships & Fellowships (ONSF) works with students interested in applying for nationally competitive awards, which range from fully-funded summer programs abroad for foreign language study to STEM research internships and international post-graduate study, such as the Fulbright. ONSF mentors students through nationally competitive scholarship application processes—providing support in identifying relevant opportunities, guiding students through applications, and facilitating campus nomination/endorsement procedures when relevant. We collaborate with faculty, staff, departments, colleges, and units across campus to identify and support prospective scholars and seek to encourage students to expect the best of themselves. Applying for nationally competitive scholarships and fellowships is an integral part of living up to those expectations. In all its efforts, ONSF emphasizes the value of the scholarship process as one that compels significant critical reflection, clarification of ambitions, strategic planning, and the building of crucial and lasting relationships with faculty, staff, and peers.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center provides free academic support for all undergraduates at UT, Knoxville. Our three primary academic support programs, academic coaching, supplemental instruction, and tutoring, are designed to help students develop academic skills and reach academic goals. Additionally, the SSC houses several programs dedicated to helping specific student populations, such as UT Lead, SOAR, and Math Camp.

Student Support Services

TRiO SSS, funded by the U.S. Department of Education, offers services to students who are first-generation, low-income and/or who have a disability. The program supports students from orientation to graduation through a holistic assessment of student needs and individualized success plans, which may include services such as:

  • One-on-One Academic Coaching
  • Individual Tutoring
  • Cultural Mentoring
  • Financial Literacy & Assistance
  • Graduate School Exploration/Preparation