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First-Year Interest Groups

As an incoming freshman, you have the option of participating in a First-Year Interest Group (FIG). FIGs create opportunities for connection in 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 linked together and taken together by a cohort of 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.

FIGs with a residential component are living-learning communities where students live together in a residence hall and take one to three courses together:

 fyi fig First-Year Initiative (FYI). Open to all first year students, FYI students live together in Esopus Hall and take one or two courses in common the first semester. FYI includes in-hall programs, field trips, Resident Mentors, and opportunities for community service.
Art FIG Art Program. For students who have been pre-accepted into the Art Department. Students take two to three art foundation courses in common and live together in Lenape Hall.
bsdo fig BS/DO Program. For students who have been pre-accepted into the BS/DO program. Students take three art foundation courses in common and live together in Lenape Hall.
 honors FIG Honors Program. For students pre-accepted into the Honors program. Students take two courses in common and live together in Lenape Hall.
 smp

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 live together in Shango Hall.

FIGs without a residential component are made up of cohorts of students who take one to three courses in common, linked by theme or major:

  • Business Pre-Major FIG. For students pre-accepted into the Business Department. Students take Comp I and two business courses together.
  • Art Pre-Major FIG. For students pre-accepted into the Art Department. Students take two to three art foundation courses together.
  • Thematic/GE FIGs. Each year new thematic/GE FIGs are offered that explore topics and provide unique perspectives through an interdisciplinary approach while helping students fulfill General Education requirements.