One of the best ways to get started at the university is to join a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) for fall term. Each FIG brings students with similar interests together to collectively explore a theme framed by two lecture classes. Incoming freshmen experience their first term at the University of Oregon alongside other FIG students, a faculty member, and a student mentor.
First-Year Seminars are small classes taught by engaging instructors in unique subjects. Faculty members create these courses specifically for freshmen in an area of special interest. In addition to a focus on writing and critical thinking, First-Year Seminars have the added benefit of helping to create a sense of community among the students.