To begin your first year at the University of Washington, you will need to attend an Advising & Orientation (A&O) session. A&O is required of all new undergraduate students and it is where you will be introduced to academics, student life, and extracurricular opportunities. 

Orientation for New Admits

First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs)

FIGs help new students find their way at UW through connection and bulding intentional learning communities. Offered during Autumn Quarter, FIGs are made up of clusters of classes tied to a GEN ST 199 course, a seminar facilitated by peer instructors that focuses on adjusting and finding both social and academic success at UW.

Learn about FIGS

First-Year Networks

First-Year Networks seek to increase connection among first-year students by providing engagement opportunities and infrastructure that build community between students. Several networks are offered to bring students together through shared interests and identities.

Learn About First-Year Networks

Fast Facts

FYP hires over 400 student leaders50% of freshmen join a FIG