As an incoming freshman, you have the option of participating in a First-Year Interest Group (FIG). FIGs create smaller communities where students can more easily get to know their peers and professors. FIGs -- some of which include a shared residence hall -- consist of one to three courses taken by a cohort of first-year students. When you sign up for a FIG, you get to:
- Register early and have a partial schedule made prior to your orientation session.
- Enroll in some of our most popular courses.
- Interact with professors who excel at connecting with first-year students.
- Complete General Education requirements and explore or start a major.
Students will be notified by email when FIGs are available for registration in my.newpaltz.edu.
- Honors Program - For students who have been pre-accepted into the Honors program. Students take The Individual and Society and History of World Dress in common.
- Scholar’s Mentorship Program (SMP) - For students invited to participate in the SMP program. Student take Issues in the Education of Underrepresented College Students and optionally live together in Shango Hall.
- Business - For students who have been pre-accepted into the School of Business. Students take Composition I and two business courses together.
- "Exploring Majors" FIGs - For all students. Students take two courses towards a potential major or interest area while at the same time completing General Education requirements.
Registration is easy:
- LOG INTO my.newpaltz.edu
- CLICK ON the Applicants tab
- CLICK ON the Register for a First-Year Interest Group Link
- SELECT the FIG you want and register!