Below are some frequently asked questions regarding the FIGS program
- Are FIGS available to all first-year students?
- How many students are in a FIGS?
- I’m not sure what I want to major in. How should I select my FIGS topic?
- What should I expect each week in my FIGS?
- How do I register for a FIGS?
- Will I get my first FIGS choice?
- Can I add a FIGS if I do not receive it on my fall schedule?
- Can I take a FIGS and a Byrne Seminar?
- How am I graded in FIGS?
- Does participation in FIGS impact my grade point average?
- Do I receive academic credit for FIGS?
- Can I drop my FIGS?
- If I applied for a Learning Community, how do I reference the corresponding FIGS on the course request form?
Are FIGS available to all first-year students?
Currently, only students enrolling in the School of Arts and Sciences, the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences, and the Rutgers Business School are able to enroll in a FIGS.
Each FIGS has no more than twenty-five first-year students. The small class size means that our courses are a great way to get to know fellow students and your FIGS Peer Instructor.
FIGS are a great opportunity to learn more about an area that interests you and explore related majors, minors, and career paths. Ultimately, you should care about the content of the class so select a topic that you’d like to learn more about.
Your weekly FIGS class will be planned and facilitated by your Peer Instructor. FIGS are seminar courses, which means they are based on participation. You will receive the most benefit from this class if you come each week and take advantage of learning from your Peer Instructor and fellow students. All FIGS students will have the opportunity to hear from a peer panel, meet a faculty member, explore the various aspects of your interest area, and learn about the many services and resources available at Rutgers. You will have some short homework assignments and projects, but they are all designed to complement your learning, not provide you with busywork.
When you visit campus on advising day, talk to your academic adviser about taking a FIGS and indicate your choices on the appropriate course registration form. You can select up to four FIGS courses and rank them in order of preference. If you did not indicate interest in taking a FIGS at your advising day, first-year students can add a FIGS during the Drop/Add period at the beginning of the fall semester. Visit WebReg to register for FIGS courses (course number 01:090:120 or 11:090:120). To see the list of available FIGS, visit the Schedule of Classes. Don’t delay. FIGS fill quickly.
We will make every attempt to place you in your first choice; however, your schedule may require that we place you in one of your other choices. If you do not see your first choice on your schedule, you can try to sign up for an open FIGS in early September during the Drop/Add period.
First-year students can add a FIGS during the Drop/Add period at the beginning of the fall semester. Visit WebReg to register for FIGS courses (course number 01:090:120 or 11:090:120). To see the list of available FIGS, visit the Schedule of Classes. Don’t delay. FIGS fill quickly.
Yes. If you are interested in both FIGS and Byrne Seminars, you should note this on your course request form when selecting your fall classes. FIGS are only offered during the fall. Byrne Seminars are offered in both fall and spring semesters.
FIGS are one-credit courses graded Pass/No Credit. There will be some homework to complete, but you will spend much of your time in this course exploring your interest area, discussing hot topics, and learning about the many resources available to you at Rutgers.
No. FIGS are graded Pass/No Credit, which means you do not receive a letter grade. Therefore the grade that you receive is not factored into your grade point average.
Yes, all students who successfully participate in FIGS will receive one credit, which counts towards graduation. If you do not come to class and fail to complete the minimum assignments, you may receive no credit in the course. FIGS do not satisfy specific core curriculum requirements.
Similar to other classes at Rutgers, you can withdraw from a FIGS class without a "W" on your transcript during the academic Add/Drop period. After this period, you can still withdraw with a "W" on your transcript by the posted deadline found on the Registrar's website. Students enrolled in a FIGS through a Learning Community are only allowed to drop with permission from the program director. For more information on dropping a FIGS class, contact your school's Academic Services office.
Students selected to participate in the Discovery House, Health & Medicine, and Bunting Cobb Learning Communities are guaranteed placement in the corresponding FIGS course and will automatically be assigned this class by a first-year dean. You are welcome to list alternate FIGS options on the course request form in the event that you are not assigned to a Learning Community. To learn more about these communities, visit their website.