A First-year Interest Group (FIG) is a small community of incoming first-year students that take 1-4 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.        

FIG Enrollment Questions? 

Sometimes things change! If you are needing or wanting to adjust your class schedule as it relates to FIG courses, follow this link & get support for FIG Enrollment! 

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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

Be courageous! Don't hesitate to step out of your comfort zone. It is essential to grab every opportunity to try and explore new things in this diversified and abundant environment. Moreover, don't be afraid of asking and seeking help whenever you have questions or encounter problems. UW is a friendly and helpful environment where faculty and students are all willing to offer their hands.

—Amber Chou (she/her), FIG Leader