First Year Seminar

Three comprehensive programs are offered to assist and familiarize first year students with their educational and social adjustment during their first year at Bentley University: summer orientation, first week, and the first year seminar.

Summer Orientation 
First Week 
First Year Seminar 

Summer Orientation

Summer orientation is a three day program scheduled during mid June for entering first year students and their families. The program provides a general academic overview, introduces students to their new community, familiarizes students with campus buildings and services. Upon completion of the program students register and receive a schedule of their fall courses.

First Week

First week is a formal program that begins the week prior to the return of the upper-class students to campus. Its purpose is to allow first year students time to experience campus life prior to the arrival of upper-class students. Students will begin Math and Expository Writing classes, attend seminars on issues affecting college student life, receive computer training, attend social and cultural events, and begin the First Year Seminar.

First Year Seminar

The first year seminar is a mandatory one-credit course for all first year students that is taught by a professional staff member along with an upper-class student. The seminar utilizes classroom discussions, informational sessions, and readings that focus on issues relevant to the first year experience. Course requirements include mandatory attendance at informational sessions, participation in small group discussions and a culminating journal reflecting on one’s personal experience and development during the fall semester. Each seminar class will have an assigned faculty member to serve as the academic advisor for the students in that class.  Students will be required to meet individually with their adviser to discuss and select their spring classes.

For more information on First Year Programs, contact Gerry Stenerson, Associate Dean for First Year Programs, gstenerson@bentley.edu, 781/891-2597.

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