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Your second year is an exciting time – you’ve made it back after your first year of college and now are ready to keep going. However, the second year is also full of challenges such as more difficult classes, higher academic expectations, and increased demands on your time. Take advantage of all the resources available to help make your sophomore year great!

Here, you can find information to help you succeed and persist to graduation while making your undergraduate experience meaningful and rewarding. Explore the links on this page to make sure you are “on track” for a successful UT experience.

Academic Curriculum

  • Seek out academic help from an Academic Coach
  • Apply to be a SI Leader – helping students with math and sciences that you have mastered
  • Apply to be a CRLA Certified Tutor - helping students in subjects that you have mastered
  • Student assistant positions in university offices/programs are great for all students. The Student Success Center frequently has positions available
  • Pursue getting to know faculty in a major that interests you. They can discuss career options and provide a letter of reference when you apply for a job or to graduate school
  • Apply to be a Peer Mentor with a First-Year Studies 101 course
  • Prepare for entry into a major (e.g., portfolio review for studio art majors, pre-requisite courses)
  • Make yourself a viable candidate for national and post-graduate scholarships
  • Check out the College Scholars Program and create a unique major (apply as late as the 2nd semester of your sophomore year)
  • Attend a daily 2:00pm International Education interest meeting for study abroad opportunities
  • Make sure you and your advisor are on the same track when it comes to planning for your goals and major
  • Think about Mini Session as a way to focus on one class or apply for a 3-week study abroad trip
  • If you haven't already, start planning for a possible minor (plus or minus 18 credit hours)
  • Enhance your computer skills. Take a course offered by the Office of Information Technology


Campus Involvement

  • Attend Welcome Week events for sophomores
  • Apply for officer positions within student organizations and pursue membership in Junior-Senior honor societies

Civic Engagement/Service Learning

Undergraduate Research