enroll in themed interdisciplinary clusters of UW-Madison classes • small class sizes • dedicated instructors

Enroll in your FIG

Key points

Talk with your advisor to confirm that you are eligible to take the FIG’s classes (placement tests, etc.) and that these classes fit your academic plan.

Before you can enroll, you must request a seat in a specific FIG using the “Choose your FIG” online form, provided to you by your advisor. Read the Choose your FIG page.

You must take all of the classes in your FIG; they are a package and you cannot drop one FIG class without dropping all of them.

If a FIG is full, you may be able to add your name to the FIGs Program’s waitlist using the “Choose your FIG” form. Spaces on each waitlist are limited.

Fall 2022 students:

Talk with your academic advisor. They will answer your questions about classes and confirm this FIG is a good fit for your academic goals and your placement tests.

Follow these steps after you have requested a spot in a FIG.

The FIGs staff will send you an email when they have completed setting up permissions for you in these reserved classes.

  1. You will need the “class number” for each FIG class. This is the red five-digit number listed on your FIG’s page on this website. It identifies the specific class meeting (“section”) for you and the other students in your FIG group:
  2. Open Course Search (enroll.wisc.edu), the tool you use to enroll in all your UW–Madison classes.
  3. Don’t enroll using the “Reserved Sections” filter: it doesn’t correctly show all the classes in some FIGs.
  4. Do enroll using the “Add by class number” option. This will find the correct FIG classes reserved just for you.
  5. Select “Add by class number.”
  6. In the box that pops open, type in the five-digit class number for one of your FIG classes.
  7. Select the “Check credits” button.
  8. Most classes have a fixed number of credits. Some offer a choice; if so, choose the number of credits that matches the listing on the FIG’s page.
  9. Select the blue “Add to cart” button in the lower right corner.
  10. Repeat this process for the rest of the class numbers for your FIG.
  11. View your cart. You can find this under MY COURSES on the top menu bar.
  12. Confirm that all the classes in your FIG are in your cart.
  13. Place a checkmark next to all the FIG classes in your cart. You need to enroll in them together as one action.
  14. Select the “Revalidate” button at the top of the cart.
  15. Select the “Enroll” button.
  16. A box may pop open asking you to review options or to show warnings. If the class appears as “waitlisted” in Course Search, you don’t need to add yourself to the waitlist there — you already have a reserved seat in the FIG sections of these classes. Enroll!
  17. You can confirm your enrolled classes with the “Enrolled” tab in “My Courses.”
  18. Problems enrolling in FIG classes?
    In-person SOAR: come to the FIGs Program consulting area on the first floor of College Library.
    Virtual SOAR or enrolling in a FIG after SOAR: contact kari.fernholz@wisc.edu.

The professors in my FIG were the most influential and challenging professors that I have had at this university. These were classes and experiences I never would have had if I wasn’t part of a FIG, and these were experiences that have shaped my perspective, my academic experience, and who I am now.