First Year Experience


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First Year Experience: Design Your Carlson

At the Carlson School, we ask you to be curious. To try things. And we give you the tools to start designing your college experience in alignment with your values and interests. All first-year students read the book Designing Your Life and work with your peers and Carlson Crew Leaders to intentionally design this important next chapter.

Carlson House Living & Learning Community

The Carlson House provides students with the opportunity to build a community through common courses and shared living experiences. More than 100 Carlson first-year students live in Territorial Hall together and often share the same classes, form study groups, and work on group projects together. Carlson upper-division students serve as Community Advisors for first-year students and provide programming that connects to Carlson resources offered right in Territorial Hall.

Students must choose the Carlson House as a preference during their housing application process. Preferences can be updated by reaching out to Housing and Residential.

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Carlson Crew

Freshman will receive a Carlson Crew Leader who will welcome, orient, and support them throughout the First Year Experience. Carlson Crew Leaders are upperclassmen who share collegiate experiences, provide guidance and resources, and plan engaging opportunities for their freshman orientation groups.

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