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During the three-week August term, you'll get oriented to college life; 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.

When is August term?
  • Move-in day is Friday, Aug. 12, 2016.

  • Orientation events are scheduled for Friday through Sunday, Aug. 12-14.

  • The First Engagements seminar will start on Monday, Aug. 15, and continue through Thursday, Sept. 1.

  • 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, Sept. 6.

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 one of the many area parks. 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.

What will I study?

Each year's First Engagements seminar has a new theme that 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.

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 arts 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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