First-Year Experience Program

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

Our staff and faculty are focused on supporting your transition and acclimation to your new home away from home.

Hartwick’s First-Year Experience includes:

  • Wick Week 2022 – a five day program designed to engage new students in the college community and provide a foundation for a successful transition.
  • Mentoring – Peers and professional staff to mentor and support new students through the first year.
  • First Year Seminar Course – specialized seminar topics taught by faculty in small group settings.
  • Four- and seven-week grade reports – progress reports that help students gauge how they are doing in each class

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 Self-Service 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.