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The FIG program began in 1987 as a means of creating small, intentional learning communities within the large university setting. Over its 30+ year history, it has become a cornerstone experience for new students to support their transition to the UW. FIGs have linked clusters of courses to seminar GEN ST 199 facilitated by peer instructors.

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What's in a FIG? FIGs are built to be flexible — so you can select a full FIG or add classes to a FIG. Watch this short video to get an idea of how FIGs work.

Meet the FIG Leaders

Some of the best advice I can give to first-year students is to explore the RSOs within their fields of interest. RSOs provide you with a comforting sense of community in the midst of all the chaos in your classes, they are also a great way to make long-lasting friendships and even professional networking relationships that will help you later on.

—Tamara Aboalsaud (she/her), FIG Leader