y:1 is an exciting program that offers participating first-year students a head start on their college careers.

The program is specifically designed to promote students’ intellectual and academic engagement by offering them the opportunity to engage in a series of coordinated activities.

Students selected to participate in the program complete a summer reading-and-response assignment and an orientation program of discussions, collaboration and presentations; enroll in small, coordinated first-year seminars; and participate in yearlong assessment activities — all tied to the College’s annual Common Reading book.


2014 y:1 Common Reading book: "Strength in What Remains" by Tracy Kidder

Strength in What Remains book cover