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:
|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 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.|
|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 Program. For students pre-accepted into the Honors program. Students take two courses in common and live together in Lenape Hall.|
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.