Freshman Interest Groups

Director’s Message

Parents/Guardians welcome to Indiana University!

Going to college can at times be an overwhelming experience for incoming students, everything is new and unfamiliar. The Freshman Interest Groups program is designed to assist with the transition to college and to make a large campus like Indiana University become a bit smaller and more welcoming.

Students who join a FIG get experiences and attention that most other students don’t. They have the opportunity to meet and interact with a small group of students that have similar interests. They take 2 or 3 core courses together, as well as, live together in the same residence hall. They also take the COLL-X111 FIGs Seminar together which helps them connect to the academic life of the university, as well as experience positive social opportunities on campus.

Participating in the FIGs program allows students to make new friends right away, meet and interact with faculty inside and outside of the classroom, and find out about the many resources available to them on campus. They also have a Peer Mentor, an academically successful junior or senior, that lives with them in the residence hall. The Peer Mentor helps their FIG students with the ins and outs of settling into campus life, plans a variety of academic, cultural and social experiences in which to participate, and also helps them form study groups.

We want our incoming students to be successful and enjoy their time at Indiana University and believe that being a part of the Freshman Interest Groups program will help them achieve that goal.

Eric Jon Nichols, Ph.D.
Director, Freshman Interest Groups