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One of the best ways to get started at the university is to join a First-Year Interest Group (FIG) for fall term. In each FIG, 20 first year students take three courses together during fall term: two lecture courses and a 1-credit College Connections course which are all connected by an overarching theme. The two lecture courses’ credits count towards a degree, no matter which major is chosen.


In the once a week College Connections class, co-taught by an upper class mentor (FIG Assistant) and faculty member (often teaching one of the lecture classes), students explore the connections between the two lecture courses associated with the FIG.Students engage in projects and assignments specific to each FIG, and may participate in informal out-of-class events such as hikes, dinner with the professor, or attending a concert or play. Additionally, the FIG Assistant (FA) is a current student at the UO, and not only do they facilitate peer to peer connections, but they offer extensive expertise and insight into how students can make the most of their time here.