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First-Year Interest Groups

If you're a first-time first-year student at UW, we invite you to join a First-Year Interest Group (FIG), also known as Living Learning Community (LLC). As part of an LLC, you'll take one to four shared courses for a semester while living on a designated floor in the UW residence halls with other LLC 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 LLC throughout the semester. Students in LLCs form long-lasting friendships.

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


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You can apply for a FIG/LLC 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.

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

With the exception of Construction Management, majors in the College of Engineering are placed in Power Group course clusters which may not allow for participation in FIG courses. 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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