Created in the fall of 2000, the First-Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS) program began on a small scale with five sections offered to 120 incoming Rutgers students. The original interest areas included Health & Medicine, Business, and Law & Leadership. Following a very successful first year, participation doubled to over 250 students enrolled in eighteen sections. Today, we typically offer approximately seventy-five sections to over 1,500 first-year students each fall semester. Since its inception, the FIGS program has enjoyed a steady increase in popularity and visibility.
The distinguishing characteristic of the FIGS program is that the courses are student taught. Peer Instructors excel not only in academics but also in campus involvement. For example, in 2015, 74% maintained a 4.0 or increased their GPA while teaching a FIGS course and staying active on campus.
To learn more about the growth and development of the FIGS program and the Peer Instructors, who lead the classrooms, check out the infographics below: