The Freshman Seminar Program was inaugurated in 1959 to provide freshmen with a unique learning experience through close and early interaction with members of the faculty. Freshman Seminars ordinarily involve one faculty instructor and twelve freshmen meeting weekly for 2-3 hours to explore a topic of mutual interest. Seminars are discussion-based, liberating both the instructor and the students from the usual college requirements, such as exams and letter grades. Instead, students are awarded a grade of SAT/UNS that counts towards the fulfillment of requirements for graduation.
Freshman Seminars cover a wide range of topics in a vast number of fields and disciplines. In 2013-14, we enrolled over 1200 freshmen in 124 seminars taught by members of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences as well as faculty from the graduate schools of Design, Divinity, Education,Government, Law, Medicine, and Public Health.