First-year Experience

first year experience

The Hildebrand Department prioritizes creating a smooth transition for first-year and transfer students into the petroleum and geosystems engineering majors by offering supportive programs that will introduce you to your classmates and professors. The following initiatives will help you to build lasting friendships, introduce you to the oil and gas industry and give you the tools for academic success.

First-year Fall Retreat

The First-year Fall Retreat (FFR) is a required event hosted for newly admitted UT PGE undergraduate students. All incoming fall-semester students, including freshmen and transfer students, are invited to take part in this exciting event, which introduces students to Longhorn spirit and pride. The event is typically held off campus two days prior to the start of classes at The Retreat at Balcones Springs.

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Study Abroad Program

UT PGE hosts an annual Norway Maymester Engineering, Energy and the Environment Program in the summer. The program, led by UT PGE faculty members, takes place along the beautiful coastal city of Grimstad at the University of Agder. The course explores the energy and environmental policies that have shaped Norway's development as one of the wealthiest nations as a result of its large oil and gas resources. The program includes field trips to Stavanger, which is considered the Houston of Europe, and cultural activities in Oslo.

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First-year Interest Group (FIG)

UT PGE First Year Interest Groups give students a great opportunity to bond with each other in a small community of students sharing the same interests. Students are put in three of their major courses together and then meet together once a week in their cohort. Department FIGs are lead by UT PGE student mentors who engage the group in academic and social activities.