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First-year Colloquium

Through the Colloquium class, you have the opportunity to develop relationships with a faculty and peer advisor team and become an enthusiastic and engaged member of the Linfield community. Your faculty and peer advisor duo will serve as your primary academic advising resource to support your college transition. They will co-teach your Colloquium class, introducing you to the intellectual environment of the college, the value of Linfield’s liberal arts curriculum, and strategies needed to successfully navigate your college experience.

In Colloquium you will: 

  • Engage in the Linfield community 
  • Explore who you are 
  • Establish Goals
  • Employ Academic Tools & Resources 

The class materials and discussions in Colloquium are designed to provide you with tools for success in college. Much of what you learn in Colloquium is based upon the feedback of Linfield students and faculty who have taught Colloquium for many years. Like other classes, you should plan to ask questions, participate in discussions, and connect with your faculty and peer advisors individually outside of class. One of your first Colloquium expectations is to read The Sixth Extinction: An Unnatural History, by Elizabeth Kolbert. Check out the Summer Common Reading page for more details.  Look for your copy of the book in your Orientation packet!  Plan to arrive on campus for Orientation Weekend with the book completed and ready to discuss your ideas with your Colloquium classmates.

Your Colloquium instructor will also serve as your faculty advisor until you decide to declare your major (and your Colloquium advisor may remain your advisor if you choose to major in his/her department). Your other Colloquium instructor is a peer advisor, an upper-class student who will guide you in discovering what it means to be a Linfield student.  View the Colloquium faculty and peer advisor pictures, biographies, and videos.

You are pre-enrolled in a Colloquium section and charged a small course fee. Colloquium sections are often composed of students with similar academic interests, but not always.  Colloquium faculty and peer advisors are trained to advise students of any academic interest.   You will receive letters from your Colloquium faculty and peer advisors in the Orientation packet sent in May. Keep these letters, refer to the contact information that your advisors provide, and remember their names for when you meet them in person on Orientation Weekend.