FOCUS LEARNING COMMUNITY
About the Community
FOCUS students will deepen their sense of community by discovering commonalities and creating relationships that enhance the first-year experience. LLP programs include cooking family-style meals together, exploring local communities, friendly competitions, and pizza and professors discussions. Students in this LLP live among other Regents’ Scholars who are in similar majors making academic connections and support more likely. Living across the street from the LAUNCH: Learning Communities – FOCUS office makes seeking assistance in navigating the first year of college easier as well.
- Be a first-year student;
- Regents’ Scholarship recipient; and,
- Majors in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, the Department of Biology in the College of Science, and the Texas A&M Health Science Center School of Public Health.
*Other first-generation students may choose to participate in FOCUS when spaces are available.
FOCUS students meet staff and mentors at the New Student Conference Briefing and attend a FOCUS Welcome Workshop and other sponsored activities during Howdy Week so there are familiar faces when classes begin.
You will participate in all-FOCUS events such as an Etiquette Dinner or Halloween on Ice, meet with your CARE team (small group) for social and learning activities, and take part in community service opportunities.
Some FOCUS students apply to participate in special blocks for pre-professional school tracks like Pre-Med Scholars and others take advantage of registration in smaller (~25 students) reserved core curriculum sections.
FOCUS students have a professional staff to consult when needed. FOCUS students receive access to program-sponsored supplemental instruction, academic coaching, and tutoring. Selected FOCUS students may travel to London or Paris on the Spring Break Field Trip.
UGST 181 FOCUS Learning Community In-FOCUS Session – discussion and activities centered on Connection, Achievement, Respect, and Exploration that build cultural capital, prompt self-discovery, and develop life and academic skills
One optional reserved section such as:
- ENDS 101 The Design Process
You know you’re around people who are in the same boat as you. My roommate and I both had the same goals in college; it was nice to be with other students who relate to you and your previous experiences.