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First-Year Programs


Embrace the adventure: discover, learn, thrive.

First-Year Programs offer curriculum and resources that make incoming students’ transition to the University of Oregon seamless, substantial, and rewarding.

Students can choose to be a part of three different experiences to help them engage in their academics, to provide them with support from peer-mentors and faculty members, and to assist them in exploring university resources.

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First-Year Interest Groups

Explore unique and tailored courses your first fall term with a cohort of other students while getting acclimated to campus both academically and socially. 

  • Each FIG limited to 20 students
  • Over 55 FIGs offered each fall
  • Counts towards degree progression

Find Your FIG

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First-Year and Transfer Seminars

Engage with our seminar groups to gain academic, social, and personal support during your first months at UO.

  • Week of Welcome
  • First-Year Seminar
  • Transfer Seminar
  • TRIO Seminar
  • Veterans' Seminar

Get Connected

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First-Year Communities

An experience community gives you access to a year-long course that is a guide through resources, activities, and discussions designed to help you make connections and achieve success in your first year.

  • First-Year Experience Community
  • Transfer-Year Experience Community 

Create Your Flock

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Common Reading

Each year, the Common Reading program presents an engaging selection, often a book, that will be the focus of a campus-wide discussion. Enjoy the opportunity to meet authors, have lively discussions with peers, and experience the piece inside and outside of the classroom. 

View Current Selections

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The Student Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) is an innovative bridge program that serves middle and high school students from underrepresented backgrounds, Our aim is to encourage teens, through early exposure and exploration, to believe they can succeed at higher education.

  • Receive high school credit by participating
  • FREE day and residential programs 

Plan Your Summer

Connect With Us

First-Year Programs is committed to helping you succeed and thrive at UO. If you have questions and need more information, don't hesitate to reach out!