We understand how important it is in your first year to build foundational skills, connect to faculty mentors and work intensively in small seminars. In the College of Arts and Sciences we offer two different options for how to do all of this:



The First Year Seminar is a small, writing-intensive class for first-year students, taught by a faculty member who is passionate about the topic. Students take a single First Year Seminar, usually in their first semester; there is no residential component.

The Liberal Arts Scholars Program (LASP) offers the chance to dive deep into a particular area of interest, by taking one or two courses per term together as a small cohort in both the fall and spring semesters of your first year. There are six separate programs available, in the arts, earth/environment, humanities, life sciences, social sciences, and world languages. This is a residential program, housed near the heart of campus.