Overview of First-Year Programs
Optional June Orientation is a chance for you to visit campus and get acquainted with the place where you will call home for the next four years. At June Orientation you will tour your residence hall, attend informative sessions about life at Witt, talk to current students as well as other incoming First-Years and learn what it means to be a Wittenberg Student.
Pre-Orientation is the online portal which you will use to register for classes, explore all of the great student groups Wittenberg has to offer, and learn all about our academic programs and potential majors.
Summer College is a two-week pre-college program for newly admitted first-year students that allows students to take a 2-credit college course and learn how to be successful in college.
New Student Days is a required four-day orientation program for first-year students that takes place immediately before classes begin each fall semester.
Wittenberg Seminars (WittSems) is a required first-year seminar class that explores an intellectual topic in detail and addresses academic issues and skills first-year students need to master. To assist in the transition to Wittenberg, peer mentors act as social and cultural guides for the students.
English 101 is a first-year writing class that introduces students to basic forms and conventions of college writing, provides the opportunity for frequent practice in writing and revising, and helps students explore various stages of the writing process from planning to proofreading.
Supplemental Instruction is an academic support program that uses collaborative learning strategies and trained, supervised student facilitators to increase academic achievement and retention in target courses.
Honors Program offers a travel-abroad opportunity to enhance the education of first-year Honors students. The program provides first-year Honors students an opportunity to experience another culture and engage in a service-learning experience.
Emerging Leaders Program is a leadership development program for first-year students that meets weekly from October-December each year. Through the program, students develop the skills, personal qualities and knowledge they will need to be effective leaders at Wittenberg. Students will also have the opportunity to work with mentors to plan an event or program for the campus in the second semester.
Community Service and Service-Learning are experiences students can participate in during their years at Wittenberg. First-year students will have the option to participate in a service-learning course where they can engage in meaningful and purposeful ways of connecting the concepts and theories they learn in the classroom with the practical, hands-on learning of “real life” experience.