Adjustment to campus: Due to the FIG structure, we have found that students enrolled in FIGs are better able to adjust socially and academically to the shift from high school to the UO. The faculty member and FIG Assistant support this shift and facilitate the FIG experience to incorporate interdisciplinary material, social outings, and exposure to the variety of campus resources that we have found effective in helping first-year students.
Access to Resources: Being in a FIG also means having easy access to the resources you need to succeed. Students work with their FIG Assistant and FIG Faculty to create a plan for their schedules, ensuring they find a path to completing their general education requirement and the requirements for their major. Your FIG Assistant and FIG Faculty will help you find a way to fit in club involvement, internships, study abroad opportunities, and all the great classes you want to take while on campus.
Connections to Faculty: One unique benefit of joining a FIG is direct contact with a faculty member during your first term on campus. Establishing relationships with professors and faculty members gives students a better chance of receiving letters of recommendation needed for jobs, scholarships, internships, etc. in the future.
The FIG offers a great chance to meet a professor and get to know them as a person, not just as a teacher responsible for giving grades. In the 2016 academic year, about 98% of FIG students felt that they connected with their FIG professor. These relationships often continue throughout students’ entire college careers, as faculty members become not just mentors but friends as well!