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Freshmen Interest Groups

If you're a first-time first-year student at UW, we invite you to join a Freshmen Interest Group (FIG). As part of a FIG, you'll take up to four sections of linked or clustered courses for a semester while living on a designated floor in the UW residence halls with other FIG students enrolled in the same course sections. You will enjoy fun activities that are designed with your interest in mind, and you will get to know a professor who sponsors the FIG throughout the semester. Students in FIGs form long-lasting friendships.

FIGs are a friendly and fun way to begin life at UW. Instead of making your way through those first research papers, final exams, and study sessions alone, you'll be part of a community of learners, yet you'll maintain the flexibility to be independent, too.

By joining a FIG you are also guaranteed a spot in your courses before orientation. Some courses fill quickly, so FIG students need not worry about not getting the classes they wanted. 

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You can apply for a FIG on this website or when you complete your Residence Life and Dining Application. It is a good idea to take the two fun quizzes below before you apply so that you choose wisely.

FIGs are generally designed to meet University Studies requirements, so even if you decide on a completely different major, most of the courses you've completed as part of the FIG will still satisfy courses required of all students as part of UW's general education program.

With the exception of the Construction Management FIG, majors in the College of Engineering cannot join FIGs. Some FIGs are major-specific. Some FIGs require a certain math ACT score. Others require pre-semester travel. Be sure to understand the specifics of the FIG you wish to join before you apply.

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