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First-Year Learning Communities

UW’s student learning communities allow groups of students to take two or more classes together. Through learning communities, students get to know a small group of peers and experience out-of-class enrichment and study opportunities. Nationally, research on first-year student learning communities shows positive impacts on students’ persistence in college and academic success. In particular, students who participate in learning communities “are more engaged overall, have higher persistence rates, and evidence greater gains in intellectual and social development compared with peers who did not participate” (Shapiro and Levine 1999).

To find out more about learning communities within the LeaRN Program, visit the Fall Bridge and FIGs pages.

The Fall Bridge Program

Students admitted with support at UW participate in a first-year learning community featuring small classes and guaranteed enrollment in high-demand general education classes. Fall Bridge includes dedicated faculty, peer mentors, and advisors who work as a team to promote student success in the first year of college.
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Freshmen Interest Groups (FIGs)

Students who wish to take classes with a group of students who share their interests or academic major join FIGs. These small cohorts of students take 2-3 classes together and live on the same Residence Hall floor. Through FIGs, students form a community and participate in study groups and out-of-class activities with a peer mentor.
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