Getting Started at Adelphi


First-Year Learning Communities

Learning communities help students get acquainted with Adelphi.

Adelphi initiated Learning Communities, a series of required programs that bring together faculty and first-year students in an integrated learning environment.

FOrE—First Year Orientation Experience

First Year Orientation Experience is a 1-credit course that serves as an introduction to the University. Students are introduced to the many resources at Adelphi and how to use them effectively. Some of the topics may include:

First Year Seminar

This 3-credit course introduces first-year students to intellectual life at Adelphi by addressing the broad theme “self and society” from a multi-disciplinary perspectives. Students from different sections come together to attend lectures by distinguished guests. The seminar format provides an opportunity for extensive discussion and writing that is essential in the development of critical thinking.

» First Year Seminar and Orientation Courses

First Year Reading Experience

All first-year students are assigned the same reading. The selection varies each year and can range from fiction and poetry to political science and autobiography. This reading is part of the Adelphi Reads program and gives students an integrated learning experience where they have the chance to share their opinions and develop close relationships with other members of the Adelphi community.

» Learn About the 2017 First Year Community Reads Selection and Response Contest

The goals of AU Reads are:
  1. to engage students in a common academic and social experience that helps to create a sense of connection to the university and to faculty and peers through this campus tradition

  2. to introduce students to college-level discussion in a non-threatening setting and to demonstrate the relevance of participating in an academic experience outside of class

  3. to provide students, faculty, staff, and members of the local community with opportunities to interact in meaningful conversations relating to contemporary social and cultural issues

Student Accomplishments

Adelphi recognizes those students who make a successful transition and who make the most of their first year at Adelphi. We are pleased to announce the following winners from our Class of 2020:

Outstanding First-Year Student Award

This award acknowledges a first-year student who exhibits academic excellence, community/campus involvement and strength in leadership. The 2016–2017 Outstanding First-Year Student is Stacy Brief, a social work major and child and family studies minor from North Bellmore, New York.

First-Year AU Community Reads Award

This contest encourages first-year students to reflect on the first-year reading. The 2016–2017 First Year AU Community Reads Award winner is Alliah Irtan, a student in the General Studies Learning Community from Freeport, New York.


For further information, please contact:

First Year Experience Committee

Sarah Eltabib
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Jennifer Walsh
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