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.

  • Engineering FIGs

    The First-year Interest Group (FIG) program works closely with the Undergraduate Engineering Advising team to support the Engineering FIG program. Through an intentional partnership, Engineering Peer Educators (EPEs) and FIG Leaders develop necessary skills for their roles as peer educators. Both programs work together to connect new students to a peer educator and support them in their first-year transition. 

    Are you an incoming Engineering Undeclared student? Click here to learn more about E-FIGs

  • Guest Presentations in FIGs

    Please complete this form if you are interested in having FIG Leaders contact your program or office about coming to a FIG class as a guest speaker.
    **There is no guarantee that you will get any requests. We will supply the list of interested campus partners to the FIG Leaders as a resource for them to utilize. 

  • 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.

  • 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
  • Find your FIG/E-FIG Number/Section

    In order to determine what your FIG/E-FIG number/section is, follow these two easy steps:

    1. Find your class schedule on MyUW and make note of the section number of your GEN ST 199 class. It will be a letter plus a number, or just a letter.
    2. Search for the section number below to find the corresponding number. 

    You'll need your FIG/E-FIG number and section to meet your classmates at the Husky Kickoff event at the start of autumn quarter.

    A1=1 A2=2 A3=3 A4=4 A5=5 A6=6 A7=7 A8=8 A9=9

    B=10 B1=11 B2=12 B3=13 B4=14 B5=15 B6=16 B7=17 B8=18 B9=19

    C=20 C1=21 C2=22 C3=23 C4=24 C5=25 C6=26 C7=27 C8=28 C9=29 D=30

    D1=31 D2=32 D3=33 D4=34 D5=35 D6=36 D7=37 D8=38 D9=39

    E=40 E1=41 E2=42 E3=43 E4=44 E5=45 E6=46 E7=47 E8=48 E9=49

    F=50 F1=51 F2=52 F3=53 F4=54 F5=55 F6=56 F7=57 F8=58 F9=59

    G=60 G1=61 G2=62 G3=63 G4=64 G5=65 G6=66 G7=67 G8=68 G9=69

    H=70 H1=71 H2=72 H3=73 H4=74 H5=75 H6=76 H7=77 H8=78 H9=79

    I=80 I1=81 I2=82 I3=83 I4=84 I5=85 I6=86 I7=87 I8=88 I9=89

    J=90 J1=91 J2=92 J3=93 J4=94 J5=95 J6=96 J7=97 J8=98 J9=99

    K=100 K1=101 K2=102 K3=103 K4=104 K5=105 K6=106 K7=107 K8=108 K9=109

    L=110 L1=111 L2=112 L3=113 L4=114 L5=115 L6=116 L7=117 L8=118 L9=119

    M=120 M1=121 M2=122 M3=123 M4=124 M5=125 M6=126 M7=127 M8=128 M9=129

    N=130 N1=131 N2=132 N3=133 N4=134 N5=135 N6=136 N7=137 N8=138 N9=139 

    O=140 O1=141 O2=142 O3=143 O4=144 O5=145 O6=146 O7=147 O8=148 O9=149 

    P=150 P1=151 P2=152 P3=153 P4=154 P5=155 P6=156 P7=157 P8=158 P9=159 

    Q=160 Q1=161 Q2=162 Q3=163 Q4=164 Q5=165 Q6=166 Q7=167 Q8=168 Q9=169 

    R=170 R1=171 R2=172 O3=173 R4=174 R5=175 R6=176 R7=177 R8=178 R9=179 

    S=180 S1=181 S2=182 S3=183 S4=184 S5=185 S6=186 S7=187 S8=188 S9=189