For advisors

connecting students to FIGs

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Thank you for helping your students explore and enroll in FIGs. Please follow the steps below to ensure a smooth advising and enrollment process:

  1. As you meet with students on day one of SOAR, please share information about all of the relevant FIG options. You can do this either through the catalog on this website or by using the Big Red Binders in your advising room. Some FIGs have yellow text boxes in their description (both online and in the Big Red Binders) indicating that these are restricted to specific student populations. Only eligible students will be allowed to enroll. The Big Red Binders in your room are edited to include all of the options available for your students and will be kept up-to-date throughout SOAR by the FIG Peer Advisors.
  2. If a student is interested in a particular FIG and you determine that it is a good fit for them, please consult the open seats report (through our SOAR Wiki page) to determine whether space is currently available. If a FIG is full, students may elect to join a waitlist by following the same procedure outlined below.
  3. If a student wants to enroll in a FIG, have them fill out the Choose your First-Year Interest Groups” form during their advising session. By filling out this form, they will be holding a place in that FIG until day two of SOAR.
  4. If students have more questions, please have them visit the FIG Peer Advisors at the SOAR Resource Fair at Union South before dinner. Peer Advisors will have computers available and students can also fill out the form at the Resource Fair.
  5. After students check-in with their advising room on the morning of day two, they will need to come to the FIG Consultants' area on the first floor of College Library to finalize their authorization to enroll in their FIG. After they are authorized, they will return to their advising room to register for all of their classes, including their FIG. Students do not need a golden ticket to meet with FIG consultants.

SOAR “Choose your First-Year Interest Groups” form

After meeting with their advisor on day one, students use this form to “reserve” a seat in their preferred FIG.

FIGs page on the SOAR Wiki (+ open seats report)

Please navigate to the FIGs page on the SOAR wiki to view the current open seats report. This is a live-updated sheet showing how many seats for each FIG have not yet been committed to a student. It will also show how many students may be waitlisted for a full FIG. Feel free to bookmark it — you’ll use it often.

Thank you for all your contributions to students participating in a First-Year Interest Group!