Freshman Interest Groups

FAQ

How do you find out about the courses in each FIG?
How can you join a FIG?
What does an ideal FIGs student look like?
How can you sign up?
What are the academic requirements?
How do you decide which FIG is best for you?
What if your major is undecided?
Do FIGs last the entire academic year?
What will you learn in the FIGs Seminar?
How much time does it take?
Who do you contact for more information?
How much will FIGs cost?
What happens if you would like to be in a FIG and your preferred roommate does not? Can we still live together?

How do you find out about the courses in each FIG?
To learn about the academic components of the various FIGs, look over the core courses in each FIG.

How can you join a FIG?
Any freshman can be in a FIG. Students who have completed or are exempt from BIOL-L111, BIOL-L112, FINA-A102, and PSY-P101 should not enroll in the FIGs which include those core courses: FIGs #3, 5, 10, 11, 13 or 16.  You can still sign up for a FIG, but need to select one that does not include one of the above required courses.

What does an ideal FIGs student look like?

How can you sign up?

  1. Pay the $100 enrollment deposit to the Office of Admission at IUB.
  2. Submit a housing contract with Residential Programs and Services
  3. Visit us on the Web at www.figs.indiana.edu. Check out the FIGs offered in 2009. Select a FIG and a few alternatives that best match your interests.
  4. On the FIGs Web site, complete a FIGs Online Request online. Use your IU username and password to login and submit your request electronically. OR
    Talk with your academic advisor during summer Orientation and sign up for a FIG at that time. Beware! Popular FIGs go fast and It’s highly recommended you reserve a seat in a FIG online now!
  5. The FIGs office will e-mal you at you IU e-mail account verifying whether you have completed steps 1 and 2. If you have, you will receive a confirmation of FIGs enrollment, including FIGs course (with seats reserved for you).
    Residential Programs and Services will automatically adjust your housing assignment, which you will receive at a later time.
  6. A $100 nonrefundable FIGs program fee will be charged to your Indiana University bursar account.
  7. Come to summer Orientation at IU. Meet with an academic advisor. Register for classes.

What are the academic requirements?
Due to the unique nature of the core course experience, you are required to take all of the core courses.  If you have completed or are exempt from BIOL-L111, BIOL-L112, FINA-A102, and PSY-P101 you should not enroll in the FIGs that include those core courses: FIGs #3, 5, 10, 11, 13 or 16.  You can still sign up for a FIG, but need to select one that does not include one of the above required courses.

How do you decide which FIG is best for you?
Check out the core courses in each FIG and see if any of the courses interest you. When looking at the courses, think about what fields or majors you may want to explore.

What if your major is undecided?
Undecided students often take the "Exploring Your Major" FIG. However, FIGs offers you a good opportunity to delve into an area of interest and be exposed to different disciplines through FIGs like “Exploring Psychology” or “So, You Want to be a Business Major.”

Do FIGs last the entire academic year?
Yes, you take the core courses and the COLL-X111 FIG Seminar course in the fall and continue to work with the Peer Mentor during the spring semester. The Peer Mentor will maintain contact with you in the spring and plan out-of-class experiences with the your input.

What will you learn in a FIGs Seminar?
You are expected to come to class each week ready to participate in discussions and other activities of the day. Our weekly class sessions will be conducted as a seminar. Seminar courses allow for a higher level of class interaction and participation. Rather than the class material being told to you in a lecture setting, class topics are expanded upon in a meaningful way by giving you the opportunity to question and respond to the material. Sessions will devote significant time to topics that address a successful transition to college. In addition, there will be cross course discussion and assignments related to the core courses.

How much time does it take?
Being in a learning community should not take any more time than you would expect to spend as a successful student at IU. The COLL-X111 FIGs Seminar requires the same time commitment as other 1 credit courses. Being in a FIG can help you manage your schedule and time by providing you opportunities for study groups and building connections with your classmates.

How much will FIGs cost?
A $100 nonrefundable FIGs program fee is required once you have been assigned to a FIG. This fee will be charged to your Indiana University bursar account in addition to your tuition, fees, housing, and other charges. Should you decide to cancel your enrollment in the program for any reason after June 1, 2009, you will still be responsible to pay the $100 program fee. Also some FIGs are nested in an Academic, Thematic or Living Learning Center community for which RPS charges an activity fee.

What happens if you would like to be in a FIG and your preferred roommate does not? Can we still live together?
Yes, if space permits. When you request a FIG, list the name and ID number of your requested roommate in the area indicated on the Online Request form.