New Student Read Program

The Hartwick College New Student Read is a central component of the First-Year Experience at Hartwick College, providing a common reading experience and dialogue opportunity that supports the successful transition of new students into our college community.

Learn about the Fall 2017 New Student Read selection: Wine To Water

Enter the Essay Contest and meet the author!

Learn about the Wine to Water Spring Break Trip to the Dominican Republic

Vision/Mission Statement

The Center for Student Success seeks to connect new students through meaningful dialogue by engaging all members of the incoming class in a common reading experience. The New Student Read is designed to promote personal reflection as students acclimate to college, and provides a framework for discussion during Welcome Weekend.


  • To inspire conversations that connect students in a thoughtful way with academic coaches and classmates as they build a sense of community;
  • To encourage students to think broadly about their potential and reflect on their purpose, passion and personal mission;
  • To help students understand their own privilege, the value of the opportunities available to them, the impact that their every-day choices have in a global context, and their responsibilities as global citizens;
  • To provide a framework for discussing the transition to college; and
  • To connect students to other campus initiatives, such as the Campus Theme, service-learning and experiential learning opportunities, and academic and co-curricular programming
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