Freshman Interest Groups gather students in small groups (24-35) to live and learn together during their first semester at WCU. FIG students live near each other in the residence halls and take a pair of classes together that are based on a common theme. This arrangement helps ease the transition from high school to college by helping students make friends more quickly and connect with University faculty and staff. Students who are living on campus and students who are commuting can both participate in the program.
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• 20% of FIG students made the Dean’s List (3.67 or better)
• 72% of FIG students earned a 3.0 or better
• 85% of FIG students found it helpful to study with their FIG classmates
• 90% of FIG students report being very satisfied with their FIG experience
• 94% of FIG students would recommend the FIG to a friend
For the first time in fall 2013, WCU will offer a FIG for students who want to participate in the Undergraduate Certificate Program in Leadership and Civic Engagement (UCP-LCE). Those students who qualify should register for Making a Difference: Leadership for Change.
FIGs that include a WRT120 class require an SAT-Writing score between 490-610 because WCU uses SAT scores for writing placement. If your SAT-Writing score does not fall in that range, you cannot participate in those particular FIGs. The following FIGs require your SAT-Writing score be between 490-610:
Making a Difference: Leadership for Change includes WRT220 as one of its classes. WRT220 requires a minimum Writing SAT of 620.
No. You must complete the online FIG registration form to request placement in the FIGs. We will review your application and students who qualify for their selected FIG will be admitted on a first-come/first-served basis. Be sure to rank your preferences since the FIGs fill quickly. Your registration in will be confirmed by e-mail.
Yes, FIG students are able to request a specific roomate. Additionally, your roommate does not have to be participating in the Freshman Interest Group program. Follow the directions you will receive from housing on how to request a specific roommate.
No. There is no additional cost for joining a FIG.
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