FIGs

A First-year Interest Group (FIG) is a small community of incoming first-year students that take a group of classes together during their first quarter at the University of Washington.

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 are offered during the first quarter on campus and have clusters of classes linked to a GEN ST 199 seminar course 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

Just take a class for fun! Sometimes it's nice to forget all the prerequisites and general education classes and just take a class you're interested in. I've had the most fun with VLPA classes and just more creative artistic classes that having nothing to do with my major.

—Jenise Dong (she/her), FIG Leader