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August Term 2015

Welcome to campus! This is your time to discover Transylvania—your new home for the next four years.

During the three-week August term, you'll get oriented to college life; forge a new identity as the class of 2019; work with student leaders, faculty, and staff; learn your way around campus; and explore the Lexington community.

You'll also focus on the new academic expectations you'll face at college. During the First Engagements seminar, we'll work together to deepen and sharpen your critical, analytical, and interpretative skills. In the process, you will earn a full unit of course credit and enter your first year at Transylvania with even greater confidence.

August term is one component of the First-Year Academic Experience, which prepares students for a successful career at Transylvania.

Between classes

When is August term?

  • Move-in day is Friday, August 14.

  • Orientation events are scheduled for Friday through Sunday, August 14–16.

  • The First Engagements seminar will start on Monday, August 17, and continue through Thursday, September 2.

  • You'll have a long Labor Day weekend to participate in optional activities on campus, hang out with friends, or take a break at home.

  • Fall term classes will start Tuesday, September 8.

What’s the daily schedule?

  • Monday–Friday, 9 a.m.–noon: First Engagements seminar.

  • Monday–Friday, 1–2:30 p.m.: Scheduled special activities, such as watching a film, viewing an art exhibit, listening to a presentation by a faculty member or visiting speaker, or working on a project with other students. You'll also attend orientation sessions on topics like academic integrity, alcohol awareness, sexual assault awareness, and other student life programs.

  • Monday–Friday, 2:30–5 p.m.: Optional activities that will run the gamut from doing community service in Lexington to hiking at Raven Run. If you're a student-athlete playing a fall sport, this is when you will practice with your team.

  • Weekends offer opportunities to enjoy excursions to places like Red River Gorge, participate in service projects, and get to know Lexington.

  • Most late afternoons and evenings are reserved for study time.

First day on campusWhat will I study?

The theme of this year's First Engagements seminar is Reading the Stories of US: Histories of Entanglement. A liberal education asks you to understand the wider world and your place in it.

In your first seminar, you'll learn to read critically and to ask difficult questions amid a supportive community. Together with 15 other students, a professor, and an August term scholar (an upper-class Transylvania student who will serve as a mentor both in and out of class), you will learn from shared readings and discussions, as well as from novelists, poets, journalists, musicians, and experts in many fields.

In 2014, each first-year student will read We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves, a novel by Karen Joy Fowler, and The Sixth Extinction by Elizabeth Kolbert.

What’s the grading system for August term?

Your professor will provide feedback on each of your assignments. At the end of the course, instead of receiving an overall grade, you'll receive either a credit for satisfactory work or no credit for unsatisfactory work. The credit/no credit grading system allows you to experience the expectations of college work without the pressure of making a specific grade.

Who will be my advisor?

Your professor in the First Engagements seminar will be your first academic advisor at Transylvania University. She or he will help you become familiar with the curriculum and with what liberal education means at Transylvania. During August term, you will complete your preregistration for courses in fall term with the help of your advisor and your August term scholar. 

Why August term?

This is Transylvania University's distinctive experience for entering students. August term is the time for you to focus on making the transition from high school to a liberal arts college. We're confident that August term will provide a strong foundation that will help you succeed at Transylvania, both academically and socially.


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