The Common Experience
About the Program
The Common Experience is a seminar style course required for freshmen in their first semester. Through this course, first-year students are given the skills necessary to become informed and active participants in their academic and post-collegiate career through studying and discussing a special topic.
To learn more about the Common Experience curriculum, please contact Jennifer Mandolese, Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs.
Full-time faculty members serve as Common Experience Instructors, and also as Academic Advisors for students in their classes in order to provide students with a strong relationship with a faculty member early on. Students earn 3 credits for completion of The Common Experience.
As a complement to the core academic curriculum, students benefit from Common Sessions that are scheduled throughout the year. Convocations built around the annual theme contextualize and enrich learning through speaker events and related activities.