Living-Learning Community: Freshman Interest Group (FIG)

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What is the Freshman Interest Group program?

The Freshman Interest Group (FIG) is a program designed to bring what is learned in the classroom to life. Nine different academic themes offer students the opportunity of living in a close-knit community with peers who have similar academic interests and are taking core classes together. The FIG program intentionally creates a learning environment that recognizes how some of the most powerful learning in college takes place outside the classroom. Seminars and study groups taking place in the residential community, faculty members being present in the village, and specially trained peer advisors help integrate the academic and social experience of our students. By being a member of the FIG, students make a year-long commitment to the academic program and the residential living community. All FIG students earn credit for GE area A3 and four units of elective credit. In addition, each FIG cohort will earn 6-10 additional GE units, dependent upon which FIG they participate.

Freshman Interest Groups available

  • Arts
  • Business and Economics
  • Education, K-12
  • Engineering, Math, & Science**
  • Global Issues/Global Careers
  • Leadership
  • Pre-Health Professions**
  • Psychology

Requirements

Because all FIG students will take Philosophy 101, they must meet specific English test score requirements.The CSU system has determined that all students must receive one of the following scores to be placed into college level English (English 101):

  • A score of at least 500 on the critical reading portion of the SAT
  • A score of at least 22 on the ACT
  • A score of at least 147 on the English Placement Test (EPT)
  • An EAP Exemption for English
  • Or a score of 3 or higher on the Advanced Placement English Literature or Language Exam
  • One of the three linked courses for all nine FIG cohorts is English 101. Therefore, it is required that each applicant meets the above CSU guidelines.

**Important Information for students interested in the Engineering, Math & Science FIG and/or the Pre-health FIG.
All science FIG students must also be elligible to take college-level math. The CSU system has determined that all students must receive one of the following scores to be placed into college level Math (Math 100 or above):

  • A score of at least 550 on the math portion of the SAT
  • A score of at least 24 on the ACT
  • A score of at least 50 on the Entry Level Math Exam (ELM)
  • An EAP Exemption for Math
  • Or a score of 3 or higher on any Advanced Placement Math Exam
  • One of the three linked courses for the Engineering, Math & Science FIG is pre-calculus/calculus. Therefore, it is required that each applicant meets the above CSU guidelines.

More Information

For more information on the FIG program, please go to the FIG webpage.

A completed Housing License Agreement is required to sign up for this option, and requests are considered in a first come, first served order by License Agreement date. Please go to the Housing Office's website to find more information on submitting your Housing License Agreement: http://www.sonoma.edu/livehere/