Livingston College takes great care in welcoming its newest members into the academic community. As such, a comprehensive orientation program is provided. In late spring, students take the University Placement Exams. Shortly thereafter, students return to campus to meet individually with an academic adviser to discuss the results of their placement tests and to identify classes that would be appropriate for their first term. In early summer, students also attend the award-winning overnight orientation program. These small sessions allow students to learn how to navigate the campus, organize their time, make friends, and experience college life.
The school year begins with an extension of the orientation program. The Welcome Week Program endeavors to ease the transition into college and includes sessions specifically designed for both commuters and campus residents.
Also in the fall term, each first-year student is enrolled in a section of the Livingston mission course, Building Community through Leadership and Understanding. Each section is assigned an academic adviser who meets individually with students to provide guidance in making important academic decisions. Advisers engage students in conversations regarding potential majors and careers and discuss study abroad opportunities and internships.
Most building community classes also have a peer academic advocate. An academic advocate is a student leader who provides insider tips on academic success. These programs display the multiple levels of support that are available to students. Livingston College believes that this sound beginning allows students to grow in independence and confidence as they move toward graduation.