First-year Interest Groups (FIGs)

Get connected, fulfill general education requirements, and meet other new Huskies! FIGs are peer-guided clusters of courses that small groups of students take together during their first quarter at the UW.

  • How do I join a FIG?

    FIGs serve both freshmen and transfer students in their first quarter at the UW. In a FIG you can take classes with the same 20–25 students, so even lecture classes will seem small, and coordinating study sessions is a snap. Don’t be surprised if your new classmates’ interests are a good match for yours — after all, you chose to register for the same courses!   

    Your first quarter registration will be simple – signing up for a FIG takes care of most or all of your full-time credits. And FIG groups get first access to some of the most popular courses at UW, and guarantee you a spot – once you’re signed up.

    Along with your primary FIG courses, you’ll also 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 you learn the ins and outs of UW and Seattle life.

  • What's the best thing about FIGs?
  • Sample FIGs

  • Goals and outcomes

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

    • Connect with an experienced student who will help with your 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
×
×