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.
The UO Common Reading program picks a different book each year for students to read and connect with. This year's book is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates. There will also be a series of Common Reading Signature Seminars designed for first-year students throughout the 2016–2017 academic year. These will be four-credit courses with a class size of 23 or fewer students. The topics of the seminars will focus on themes from the common reading text from the viewpoint of each specific instructor’s academic discipline.