First-Year Programs

Hartwick offers special programming just for First-Year Students.

Read on for all the opportunities you have to get involved!


Leap into your college experience with fellow first-year classmates, and upper-class leaders! Awakening is a challenging and fun outdoor adventure that takes place the week before Welcome Weekend. It offers a unique environment full of group problem-solving activities, a high and low ropes course, and recreational events located at Hartwick’s Pine Lake Environmental Campus. 

Learn more about Awakening

SOAR Program (Start Out Academics Right)

This unique summer program is designed to help students maximize their potential, acquire academic study strategies to prepare for upper-level work, and ease the transition to college life.

SOAR students take two credit-bearing courses, participate in academic workshops, and join a variety of out-of-class trips and events. SOAR provides academic coaching and mentoring, peer support, and experiential learning opportunities. The program’s goals also include providing individual career planning in a student’s first year at Hartwick, and funded externships during January Term.

You’ll earn six credits toward your degree and prepare to tackle challenging classes – the foundation of college success! SOAR is designed with one purpose in mind: your success.

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’Wick 101

’Wick 101 is an integral, required, one-credit-bearing component of the First-Year Experience. The course serves as an introduction to higher education and as an on-going orientation to Hartwick’s resources and services, academic skills and strategies, and social issues.

Designed to increase success in college, ’Wick 101 facilitates a smooth transition and adjustment to college life by engaging the student in a structured curriculum of academic and life skills enhancement. Class content is framed to support Hartwick’s “Liberal Arts in Practice” approach.

Topics include locating and utilizing campus resources, goal setting and time management, writing skills, test preparation and note taking skills, critical thinking skills, career exploration, cultural diversity, healthy lifestyle and well-being strategies, money management, leadership, and civic/global engagement.

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