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.

2017 FIG List will be available in June, please check back for more information

  • 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