Every incoming Colgate class participates in the tradition of a shared summer read.

2023 Summer Reading Selection

Colgate is currently determining the summer reading book selection. 

 

Accessing Your Copy

More information will be forthcoming on accessing a copy of the summer read book.

Summer Assignment

Your responses to the summer read will provide a way to introduce yourself to your faculty adviser (your First-Year Seminar instructor) and administrative dean so that they can get to know you better. The second part of your assignment is to read the assigned book and write a 750-1000 word essay with a prompt provided mid-June.

About the Summer Reading Program

This is the first opportunity for new students to engage with the practice of the liberal arts — students engaging in dialogue with faculty and staff members on questions that transcend disciplinary interests and that require independent analysis. Through these conversations, which incorporate multiple perspectives, students synthesize a coherent understanding of human experience. The shared summer read also provides a foundation for a variety of related events throughout your first year at Colgate.

In addition, your responses to the summer read will provide a way to introduce yourself to your faculty adviser (your First-Year Seminar instructor) and administrative dean so that they can get to know you better.