First-Year Experience Program

Hartwick’s commitment to helping with your transition to college extends beyond Welcome Weekend.

CSS staff is focused on supporting your transition and acclimation to your new home away from home by offering a series of personalized opportunities during your first semester.

Hartwick’s First-Year Experience includes:

  • New Student Read Program – a common read experience for all new students
  • ’Wick 101 – a common transition Course taught by a professional staff member and upper-class peer leader
  • First Year Seminar Course – specialized seminar topics taught by faculty in small group setting
  • Transition Coaching – all new students meet individually with their ‘Wick 101 instructor within the first month to discuss any transitional issues
  • Four- and seven-week grade reports – progress reports that help students gauge how they are doing in each class
  • CONECT Mentoring Program – for first-generation and underrepresented students

’Wick 101 Transition Course

’Wick 101 is an integral, required, one-credit-bearing component of the First-Year Experience. Classes meet once a week through the first eight weeks of the semester, are seminar-style, and allow new students to meet and build rapport with a professional staff member and upper-class peer leader.

’Wick 101 serves as an introduction to higher education and as an on-going orientation to Hartwick’s resources and services, success skills and strategies, and social issues. Tied to the New Student Read Program, required reading for the course is Doc Hendley’s Wine to Water, the inspirational story of an ordinary person who became inspired to take action and start solving some of the world’s clean water issues.

Designed to increase success in college, ’Wick 101’s overall goal is to facilitate a smooth transition and adjustment to college life by engaging the student in a structured environment to support Hartwick’s “Liberal Arts in Practice” curriculum, connect students with their new community, and introduce resources, services, and academic and personal success strategies.

’Wick 101 also includes a “coaching” component that enables students to meet individually with their instructor to discuss a variety of transition issues.


Four-week and seven-week grade reports

Hartwick professors issue estimated “grades” to students twice during the semester to help them get a sense of where they stand academically in each class. Estimated grades are posted in WebAdvisor at the four-week and seven-week marks in both the fall and spring terms.

New students who show signs of struggling in the fall term (as indicated by these four- and seven-week grades) are required to meet with their ’Wick 101 instructor for to discuss study and time management strategies.

This early intervention allows new students to identify patterns that may be contributing to academic struggles, as well as ways to improve their grades and performance in particular classes.

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