At the heart of each FIG is a top-notch instructor who develops and leads a course exclusively for you and the other students in your FIG. Your FIG course is capped at 20 students and may include outside-the-classroom experiences, like field trips, to help you explore the topic and get to know your classmates.
The FIG instructor selects two complementary UW courses, combining and expanding what you learn in these classes with the main FIG course.
If the linked courses are large lectures, your group may have your own “discussion section” or lab as a smaller break-out class which meets in addition to the lecture.
You’ll have the dedicated attention of an instructor who really wants to work with first-year students like you.
Studying together and helping each other, you’ll get to know the students in your FIG well, making your first campus year easier.
Integrating ideas from different courses will help you learn in a more interesting and holistic way.
Nearly 20% of UW freshmen enroll in a FIG.
My FIG helped me form a community at UW–Madison. The twenty students in my FIG were all committed to the same goals, and throughout the semester we organized multiple review sessions that helped our overall success.