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Learning Communities & Freshman Interest Groups (FIGS)

How do engineering FIGs help you fit into Mizzou?

You might think the MU Campus is so big that it has its own zip code. Well, it is, and it does: 65211. But if that intimidates you, take a look at our Freshmen Interest Groups and Learning communities. You’ll get that small campus experience without the culture shock of being one in over 30,000 MU students.

Be part of a small community

Freshmen Interest Groups (FIGs) are kind of a built-in club for you and 20 to 30 fellow freshmen. Like other clubs, FIGs draw together people with common interests (in your case, engineering) so you don’t have to face the daunting prospect of finding friends, tutors, partners and general support among thousands of students if you don’t want to.

With a FIG, you’ll be living, studying and attending classes with a dozen or so people consistently throughout the year – that means being able to turn to a group of people you’ve been having shared experiences with from the beginning.

At the very least, you’ll have people to commiserate with on your mutual late night studying miseries. Yeah, engineering is hard, but being part of a community will help you make it through.

12 co-ed FIGs

You’ll be co-enrolled in 3 classes with 15 to 20 other students from your FIG. The classes will be some combination of Math, Humanities, and/or Social, Behavioral classes.

You’ll also be enrolled in a 1 credit weekly seminar class to help you get to know the rest of your FIG beyond your neighbors to the right and left of your room in the dorm.

You’ll have upperclassmen and faculty or staff mentors for your FIG, which means the opportunity to develop connections in your field of interest early on. These connections can help a lot in getting you through that first semester and first year in college.