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FOUNDATIONS OF CONTINUED UNDERGRADUATE SUCCESS (FOCUS) allows first-year students to build a foundation for a successful undergraduate experience. Participating in a FOCUS community each semester permits students to discover more about themselves as human beings. The In-FOCUS Sessions provide structure for this personal growth.
FOCUS offers a learning community experience to first-year students who are Regents’ Scholarship recipients
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. Students who change majors into FOCUS-related colleges, into General Studies, or into the College of Liberal Arts for the spring semester of the first year are expected to change from their fall success program to FOCUS.
FOCUS Community Leaders interact weekly with first-year students as guides for the non-credit In-FOCUS sessions (UGST 181, S/U, no fees). Additionally, FOCUS students benefit from professional staff guidance and monthly activities.
FOCUS students live together in the FOCUS Living-Learning Program (LLP) in Haas Hall during the first year. Incoming students must complete the Living-Learning Program application through the housing portal. Cadets should complete their housing applications in the portal by selecting the Corps there; after completing the housing application, cadets will need to register for the LC at http://tx.ag/LCCadets.
Community Leaders will be providing programs in the LLP in collaboration with hall staff.
All incoming FOCUS students have the opportunity to register for smaller reserved sections of select core curriculum courses during the New Student Conferences.
FOCUS offers some special interest tracks
to students. Participating in a specific track requires a successful application for the track and a greater commitment from the student in building a collaborative community dedicated to the theme. For 2016-2017, FOCUS includes the Huang Pre-Med Scholars
, the Courtney CVM Scholars
, and the Borlaug ANSC Scholars
Please use the "Make an Appointment" tab at the top for all appointments. Search for a Coordinator One-on-One or Coordinator Follow-Up Appointment.
Students in the CANTU Community and ALVARADO Community enjoyed a Field Day Challenge in April 2016.