FIGs

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

My advice for new students is to explore! Seattle is such a big and beautiful city and hopping on the bus can take you magical places.

—Rand Mattis (he/they), FIG Leader