Focused Interest Group (FIG)

Engineering FIG Program Application

Interested in joining an Engineering Focused Interest Group (FIG) Program for Incoming Students? Apply here! The Engineering FIG Program is designed to facilitate academic success at UTSA.

What is a FIG?

A FIG is a group of 20 first-year students that share a common major, live together on the same floor of Chaparral Village, and share similar core classes. They have access to a Peer Advisor who also lives on the same floor of Chaparral Village and each FIG is assigned to a Faculty Mentor who hosts activities and presentations throughout the year.

College of Engineering FIGs are co-enrolled in Calculus I, General Chemistry I, and EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service).

Why be a FIG?

  • FIGs provide built-in study groups and mentoring from near peers to promote self-efficacy
  • A strong first semester sets the foundation for continued success and shorter time to graduate
  • Students are connected to a faculty mentor from day one and view faculty as an approachable resource and guide
  • FIGs are built around a common major or interest, helping students quickly find peers with similar passions and goals

CEID FIG Faculty

Faculty for each CEID FIG Course were selected to support students who are interested in pursuing a career in engineering. They will discuss potential pathways in engineering, including academic research and public and private industry. Faculty mentors will provide insights on the different resources available to help you become involved in undergraduate research. You will learn about the research process, professionalism, and how to succeed at UTSA. Students will also be able to participate in social events and special presentations with faculty.

CEID FIG Peer Mentor

CEID FIG students will be paired with a Peer Mentor, a dedicated and experienced upper-classmen who has been specially trained to help new students make the transition to university life. They provide support and guidance to students on a variety of challenges and help students get further connected to UTSA. The CEID FIG Peer Mentor lives on campus in the same residence hall as the FIG students.


Students selected to join the CEID FIG will be required to live on campus for their first year. Why live on campus? Studies show students who reside on campus report a higher degree of satisfaction with their college experience, have higher retention and graduation rates, and are more likely to achieve a higher grade point average.

The convenience of living on campus is invaluable. Students are within walking distance of the library, classroom buildings, the University Center, dining options, Health Services, and the Campus Recreation Center. They can get to early morning classes without fighting traffic, and participate in a late-night study group at the library or University Center without concern about the drive home. On-campus residents also have the added security of a dedicated university police force that patrols the campus 24 hours a day.

Engineering Leadership

Employers have identified key skills and traits they seek when hiring a recent college graduate. These skills also lay the foundation for effective leadership which is necessary to advance in most fields. To help UTSA students prepare for the challenges they will face both during their college years and beyond, the Engineering Student Success Center is offering training in marketable leadership skills. As a member of the COE FIG, students will have access to this training during your first year. This training is organized in three levels allowing you to advance as far as you choose to go.

CEID FIG Course Bundle

EPICS - EGR 1351
MW 12:00 - 12:50 P.M.
MW 1:00 - 1:50 P.M.
MW 2:00 - 2:50 P.M.

TWRF 10:00 - 10:50 A.M.
TWRF 11:00 - 11:50 A.M.
TWRF 1:00 - 1:50 p.m.

MWF/F 9:00 - 9:50 A.M. / 6:00 - 7:15 P.M.