Common Experience

Common Experience

The Common Experience facilitates meaningful, thoughtful interaction among campus members through an examination of a topic or issue that requires interdisciplinary thought and collaborative action. The Common Experience strengthens the intellectual climate on campus and increases student success by bridging academic and residence life.

Text messaging. Email. Social media. Today, we have more means to communicate than ever before. Despite these technological advances, studies show that Americans feel less connected and more divided. This year’s Common Read, Celeste Headlee’s We Need to Talk: How to Have Conversations That Matter, tackles this problem head-on with a simple solution: we need to start talking to each other. In We Need to Talk, Headlee outlines the techniques that have made her a better conversationalist—and offers simple tools that can improve anyone’s communication.


Common Read

Peer Mentors

HPU 101

Common Experience Events & Resources

First-Year Seminars & English 1103

Residential Curriculum

Resources for Incoming Students