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What We Do

The First-Year Interest Group Seminars (FIGS) are a signature program that offers incoming students a unique opportunity to learn from successful upper-class students, to explore their interests in a topical area, and to discover the wide array of resources available to members of the Rutgers community. 

The goals of the FIGS program are to:

  • Build community among first-year Rutgers students by connecting them to peers with shared interests and providing opportunities for them to learn from each other.
  • Introduce new students to an exciting topical area and to professional opportunities available to those interested in the subject.
  • Help students explore academic options within a discipline of their choosing, from major and minor paths to opportunities for research and professional development.
  • Acquaint first-year students with a thoughtful, responsive upper-class mentor who will provide insight into a specific topical area and advice about academic success and life at Rutgers.
  • Teach students to be active learners in and out of the classroom.
  • Encourage new students to participate in university activities and join campus organizations.
  • Help students discover university resources and learn how best to utilize them.
  • To contribute the leadership development and content knowledge of upper-class students.

To accomplish these objectives, each of our Peer Instructors introduce first-year students to an integral part of the FIGS curriculum: the Nine Elements. These elements are designed to help students learn more about Rutgers, acclimate to college life, and explore a wide range of academic and involvement opportunities.