Starting college can cause much anxiety in the heart of a new college student because of all the unknowns–"What should my major be? Will I make any friends? How will I find all of my classes? Whom do I ask if I have a question?" New Student Orientation Program is designed to guide students in answering all of these questions. Prior to the beginning of classes, students are given an overview of the complete realm of university life, from academics to social activities.
The major part of the New Student Orientation is the Academic Orientation Program, introduced as a pilot Bard –AUCA partnership project in 2011 in AUCA, which is a rigorous introduction to the liberal arts education with a specific focus on writing. Students meet three sessions per day during the two weeks of the program. Students are involved in extensive reading, and working on a variety of writing assignments and other formats. This program aims at refining practices of thoughtful reading, vibrant articulation, accurate self-reflection, and prolific collaboration. The Program endows students with college-level writing skills, instills in them the ability to use writing as a resource throughout every stage of the learning process. The program pursues to unravel creativity, relieve the pressures accompanying academic process, and cultivate the skills necessary for appraisal, comprehension, and investigation of graphic, fictional, and theoretical material.
In order for you to start preparing for the academic orientation sessions, we would like to provide you with the a part of the reading material that will be given to you during the Program. Please follow the link below:
All entering students must enroll in and receive credit for Orientation program. Satisfactory completion of the Academic Orientation Program is required for matriculation into the AUCA. Students who do not meet this requirement and wish to matriculate are given the option to enroll in the Academic Orientation program again the following year.