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A Valuable Living and Learning Community

Why should I sign up?

  • A FIG offers a ready-made study group of people who are taking many of the same classes. With the support of others in the FIG, studying is more fun. Study groups help you earn higher grades.
  • Students in FIGs are automatically enrolled in two to four classes-essentially guaranteed enrollment in those hard to get first-year classes. Many FIGs can lead to possible majors. All FIGs meet University Studies requirements. Classes are scheduled at times most students find convenient. During orientation, FIG students select additional courses to fill out their schedules with the help of academic advisors.
  • A FIG provides fun activities. By living in a residence hall with others in the FIG, a shared learning and living environment will launch you into a fun and successful first-year experience. Your Resident Assistant (RA) will also be involved in your FIG.

Student Voices

I 100% recommend it. I have heard so many stories from other students, not in a FIG, about how they feel like they don't know their neighbors, and are not connected as a floor. I feel like our floor is really great, and I know most everyone. Also, another plus, if you need help with your homework it is so nice to have basically a whole floor of people who can help you. So nice!!

I love the program. I met a ton of new people that have similar interests that I do, we also all have similar goals. It is also a good program, since everyone has some classes together and they are always there to help if you need it

In a FIG program you get to meet and have fun with people that have the same interests. You sometimes do floor activities with them and you automatically get a great group of friends that are there for school and not other things, they are serious.

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What will I gain?

Involvement in campus life is a proven key to success in college. If you enroll in a FIG, you'll make the most of your education through both organized and informal activities with UW faculty members and other students, yet you'll still have time to do things on your own. Studies show that students in FIGs at UW, and nationwide, attain a higher overall grade point average and a better chance of success than students not in FIGs. FIGs open doors and introduce you to opportunities.

Other Benefits

  • Shared learning opportunities
  • Improved class performance
  • Chances to get to know professors
  • Friendships with shared interests
  • Appreciation of other perspectives
  • Learning skills and confidence
  • A higher likelihood of returning to campus each semester ... and graduating!

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