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First-Year Seminars

In First-Year Seminars, students explore a theme with top faculty and other students within their College. Students gain insight on topics that range from planning a major, to how best to study, to civic responsibility and intellectual values.
First-Year Seminars involve community events focused exclusively on first-year students. These experiences form a common understanding and community which supports students throughout their academic journey.


Undergraduate Colleges 101:
Fall Semester

Students learn about university life while exploring a project connected with the theme of their College in a one-credit seminar.


Undergraduate Colleges 102:
Spring Semester

In their second semester, students choose from among a set of diverse one-credit seminars taught by expert faculty members which delve into topics connected with their College's theme.


First-Year Reading

Each year, a book is selected for the entire incoming class to read as part of the First Year Reading Program. Through a variety of events and activities, including a visit by the author on Undergraduate College Commons Day, incoming freshmen have the opportunity to explore this book with their peers, instructors, and the broader campus community.





Fellows Seminars

Undergraduate College Fellows

Every Fall, each Undergraduate College selects a cohort of first-year student leaders to serve as College Fellows.
Undergraduate College Fellows are trained to become peer mentors within their college, to welcome the next incoming class of first-year students at Orientation and Opening Weekend, and to be Teaching Assistants for the next incoming class' First-Year Seminar 101.


Undergraduate Colleges 275:
College Fellows Seminar

This course is available through application to the Undergraduate College Fellows Program.


Undergraduate Colleges 276:
College Fellows Teaching Practicum

Undergraduate College Fellows take a one-credit Teaching Practicum seminar in the Fall of their second year to aid them in their roll as Teaching Assistants for the First-Year Seminar 101.


Undergraduate Colleges Internship

Undergraduate Colleges 488: Internship

Students learn about contemporary issues in higher education, community building, and teaching at a research university through hands-on work with faculty mentors.
Work assigned will include participation in the planning and operation of events and initiatives sponsored by the Undergraduate Colleges.


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