About First-Year Programs

First-Year Programs strives to promote resources and curriculum that make incoming students’ transition to the University of Oregon seamless, substantial, and rewarding. Our unit offers a variety of First-Year Experiences (FYEs) to meet the needs of each first-year student, all designed to engage students in their academics, provide them with support from peer-mentors and faculty, and assist them in exploring university resources. 

There are four different FYEs that students can be a part of, explore each of them below! 

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First-Year Interest 
 First-Year Interest Groups (FIGs) are for students who only want a fall term experience. Each FIG is unique and tailored to explore an exciting academic theme while helping students acclimate to campus both academically and socially. There are seven themes to choose from, and with over 55 FIGs offered each fall, there is something for everyone!
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Academic Residential Communities
An Academic Residential Community (ARC) is a community of students who live together in the same building and take classes together based around an interest or identity. The ARC curriculum includes a year-long seminar and often incorporates another class that aligns with the interest of the community. 
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Common Reading
Common Reading creates community across campus. 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.  
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First-Year Experience Community
The FYE Community offers First-Year and Transfer Students a space to navigate the University of Oregon and all its resources while gaining college knowledge. It has everything from academic and self-care resources, to advice from students and faculty, to a place where insightful conversations can occur. 

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If you have questions and need more information, don't hesitate to reach out!