How FIGs Work

Interest Groups

In each FIG, 20 first-year students take three courses together during fall term: two lecture courses and a 1-credit First-Year Experience (FYE) Seminar which are all connected by an overarching topic.

What is a FIG?

FYE Seminar

Each FIG has a 1-credit FYE Seminar course that is co-led by a dedicated faculty member and a peer-mentor called a FIG Assistant. Your faculty member will provide passionate expertise about the FIG subject, and your FIG Assistant will connect you with resources and know-how on being a college student. 

Linked Courses

Your FIG Faculty selects two UO courses that are designed to expand on what you're learning in the FYE Seminar course. These linked courses will count towards degree requirements, no matter which major you choose. 

Small Class Sizes

The 1-credit FYE Seminar course is designed exclusively for you and the 20 students in your FIG. If the linked courses are large lectures, your FIG group will have your own discussion section or lab as a smaller break-out class which meets in addition to the lecture course.

Sample FIG

FIGs Provide


Form important and lasting connections with your instructor, peer mentor, and the other students. Your FIG is a place where you will feel welcome, supported, and challenged.

​​​​​Develop skills for college success

Gain experience expressing ideas through writing and presentations. Utilize strategic analysis, problem-solving, and creative thinking skills. Learn time management and improve study skills. Become more effective working in a collaborative setting.

Make an academic plan, become career ready

Explore potential majors and minors while planning your academic career. Develop essential skills that enhance your marketability by learning to approach problems from multiple perspectives. Gain academic and career opportunities from faculty connections.​​​​​​

FIGs Are Not

Only social

Students will be engaged academically in their seminar and expected to actively participate in activities both inside and outside of the classroom.                                                                   

Busy work

The assignments given have purpose and will help you grow academically and personally. In your FIG you will often be pushed to explore the campus as well as the Eugene community.                                                                                                                                   

Easy credit or a study group

Students earn academic credit for taking a FIG and, as such, must attend class, participate, and turn in course work. While your FIG will facilitate study sessions, this is done outside of the FIG seminar.

 Why Students Choose FIGs



Access to Resources

Get connected to all the places on campus that are designed to help you succeed.



Building Community

Get to know 20 like-minded peers through classes, social events, and study sessions.



Hands On Learning

Get out of the classroom and participate in unique projects, events and field trips.



Faculty Connections

Build a relationship with a professor your very first term.


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