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First-year interest groups (FIGs) are one of the simplest and most comprehensive ways that the university provides first-year students with a small community of friends, colleagues and mentors to help them adjust to campus life.

Natural Sciences FIGs

It's a great way to forge a link between your academic and social experiences. When you join a FIG, which any first-year student not already in another program can do, you're choosing to take between 2-4 classes in the fall semester together with a "cohort" of no more than 25 other first-years, all of whom have similar academic interests. Some other benefits of being in a FIG are:

  • Easy to form study groups.
  • Regular contact with peer mentors and an advisor from Natural Sciences.
  • Begin your path to fulfilling degree requirements and graduating in four years.

If you are interested in joining a FIG, speak with your advisor during summer orientation.

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