Student Application Process

Online application — The application for spring-term Freshman Seminars will open on Monday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m. (EDT) and close on Monday, November 1 at 8:00 a.m. (EDT)

If you are applying for a freshman seminar, please note the following:

Freshman seminars are not mandatory, but we strongly encourage first-year students to enroll in a small seminar experience in Fall and/or Spring 2021-22. Students can enroll in only ONE (1) freshman seminar per term.

Freshman seminars applications are not processed on a first-come first-served basis. All applications are processed after the deadline.

Students can access the application as many times as needed until the deadline, in order to edit their application essay and/or change their seminar preferences. Incomplete applications will not be processed. A complete application includes marking the checkbox "I have read all information provided above" and clicking the button "I accept and confirm my application is complete."

Student essays should simply explain their interest in their top-choice seminar. It should not exceed 500 words.

All seminar placements will be made through an automated system that gives priority to student preferences. However, enrollment in each seminar is limited to 15 students, and student demand often exceeds the number of spaces available. If a student is not assigned to any of their preferences, they will be placed on the waiting list for their top-ranked seminar. Faculty members are free to select students from their waiting lists when shaping their seminar rosters and, in doing so, may read the essays in order to understand the students' interests and motivations.

Please note that applying to just one seminar does not improve a student's chances of being placed into their top choice, so we encourage students to maximize their opportunity to take a freshman seminar by applying to more than one.

You may later drop out of the Freshman Seminar to which you have been assigned, should a schedule conflict arise or you wish to switch seminars. However, we strongly encourage you to apply only for those seminar(s) that you truly hope to take if given the opportunity. You may take only one seminar per term, but taking a seminar in the fall term does not disqualify you from taking one in the spring.

Please direct questions to Sha Sanyal at or (609) 258-1402.