First Year Seminar

Introduces new students to personal and academic transition issues through topics such as Wentworth resources, Time Management, and Class Registration.

The Wentworth First Year Seminar program was created in 2008 to introduce new students to personal and academic transition issues. The class continues to emphasize the establishment of a connection to the Institute through one-on-one meetings students have with their First Year Seminar Instructor. Seminar classes meet for 50 minutes per class and are held from the first week of class though the end of October or early November. During these class meetings, the instructors who are Wentworth staff members teach a variety of academic skills including Wentworth resources, Time Management, Academic Expectations, Academic Integrity, and Class Registration.


  • Classes meet 6 times throughout the semester for 50 minutes each time. On weeks where students do not meet as a class, they may meet their instructor for a 1-1 or small group meeting.
  • Grading is satisfactory/unsatisfactory; there is no academic credit received for the class but it is recorded on the student’s transcript.
  • First Year Seminar is required for all first-year students. Transfer students may be exempted for the class if they have an Associate’s Degree or have satisfactorily completed a similar class at their previous institution.

Students in Classroom

First Year Seminar has the following goals:

  • Students will be able to identify a variety of campus resources
  • Students will be able to articulate how they are going to manage their time
  • Students will be able to give examples of academic dishonesty
  • Students will be able to employ Institute policies and procedures to continue their education at Wentworth