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First Year Programs

Why FIGs?

FIGs serve both freshmen and transfer students in their first quarter at the UW. In a FIG students can take classes with the same 20–25 students, so even lecture classes will seem small, and coordinating study sessions is a snap.

It simplifies the first quarter registration process – signing up for a FIG takes care of most or all of the students full-time credits. And FIG groups get first access to some of the most popular courses at UW.

Along with the primary FIG courses, students also will be automatically enrolled in GEN ST 199: The University Community.  It's a two-credit course taught by a returning undergraduate student, and specially designed to help students learn the ins and outs of UW and Seattle life.

Through participation in the FIG Program, students will...

  • Connect with an experienced student who will help with their Transition to the UW
  • ​Engage in Critical Thinking and begin to build a strong Academic foundation
  • Experience a small Community within a large University
  • Explore Professional Pathways