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Enroll in your FIG

Key points

You enroll in your first-semester classes, including FIG classes, during UW–Madison’s Student Orientation Advising and Registration program (SOAR).

Before you enroll, you will request a seat in a specific FIG using our “Choose your FIG” form. Read the Choose your FIG page.

You will also meet with your SOAR advisor to confirm that you are eligible to take all the FIG’s classes (placement tests, etc.) and that these classes fit your academic plan.

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

When a FIG is full, you may be able to add your name to its waitlist using the “Choose your FIG” form. Spaces on each waitlist are limited.

Questions? Enrollment problems?
Incoming first-year students can talk with a student working in our program (“peer advisor”).
Online appointments are scheduled through Starfish, which is available to Fall 2020 students who have begun their SOAR course (usually in the week before your primary SOAR advising week).

Fall 2020 students:

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.

Meet with your academic advisor during your SOAR week. They will answer your questions about all classes and confirm this FIG is a good fit for your academic goals and your placement tests—or help you explore an alternative FIG.
Only after you meet with your advisor will the UW–Madison system allow you to begin enrollment.

  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. If you have a choice of classes in the FIG, like the different levels of Spanish for FIG 29, write down the correct number for the right class.
  3. Open Course Search & Enroll (enroll.wisc.edu), the tool you’ll use to enroll in all your UW–Madison classes.
  4. Don’t enroll using the “Reserved Sections” filter: it doesn’t correctly show all the classes in some FIGs.
  5. Do enroll using the “Add by class number” option. This will get you into the correct FIG classes reserved just for you.
  6. Select “Add by class number.”
  7. In the box that pops open, type in the five-digit class number for one of your FIG classes.
  8. Select the “Check credits” button in the lower left corner.
  9. 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.
  10. Select the blue “Add to cart” button in the lower right corner.
  11. Repeat this process for the rest of the class numbers for your FIG.
  12. View your cart. You can find this under MY COURSES on the top menu bar.
  13. Confirm that all the classes in your FIG are in your cart.
  14. Double-check that you have the correct class numbers: select a class in your cart. This opens a panel showing all the details for that class, including the class number. Does it match the FIG’s class number?
  15. Place a checkmark next to all the FIG classes in your cart. You need to enroll in them together as one action.
  16. Select the “Revalidate” button at the top of the cart.
  17. Select the “Enroll” button.
  18. A box may pop open asking you to review options. In this example, the HISTORY 119 class is checking whether the student wants to be added to a waitlist for the class, if the class is full. You already have a reserved spot in the FIG section of this class, so you don’t need to change this option. Just enroll!
  19. You may encounter other error message or warnings. Please try to enroll anyway.
  20. You can confirm your enrolled classes with the “Enrolled” tab in “My Courses.”
  21. Problems enrolling? Talk with a peer advisor by making an appointment through Starfish. They’ll get it solved!

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.