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Johnson First Year

Fall Kickoff (August 20-22, 2021)

Fall Kickoff takes place the weekend before classes begin.

You’ll explore campus life as you talk with your academic advisor; meet student leaders; learn about public safety, student life, health resources, and more. You’ll get your first taste of college-level discussion and analysis as you participate in a small-group discussion of the year’s Common Reading book.

As you settle into your new home, be prepared for other activities that will help you feel connected to your campus and develop new friendships.

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Common Read Program

The Common Reading Program is designed to introduce you to the academic and intellectual culture of the university through a shared reading experience.

The Common Reading Program begins during summer SOAR and continues through the first semester. Various Creative Audience events, lectures, films and presentations that discuss the themes within the common read book will be offered to the community.

The book chosen for the Common Read Program is selected each year by a committee of NVU-Johnson faculty, staff and students.

You should consider the Common Read Program your first official Northern Vermont University academic assignment!

Creative Audience

Expand your horizons by attending a range of campus events. You’ll earn academic credit for attending fun, diverse campus programs, such as films, lectures, performances, athletics events, and art exhibits. Learn more about Creative Audience. 

First-Year Seminars

Cosmetics, songwriting, math puzzles, community-building, New Orleans culture — those are some recent topics of our First-Year Seminars. You choose which three-credit class to take from our wide-ranging, interdisciplinary mix.

In these small, collaborative classes, geared to first-year students, you’ll be with peers who share your interest. It’s a challenging but supportive environment to help you adjust to college-level academics and build bonds with your classmates.

Learn more about NVU-Johnson’s First-Year Seminars. 


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