Begin your voyage with a set sail seminar



uccess Equals Teamwork, Strategies, And Inspired Learning

SET SAIL is a program of first-year seminars created to support students in their academic & social transition.

Your new beginning at New College will bring exciting opportunities! You will meet new people and learn about their experiences, you will study new topics and push yourself to master new skills, and you will become part of a new place that is defined by both its physical and social character. 

We also know that new beginnings can bring challenges as you navigate a new environment, but we know you can successfully master those challenges and SET SAIL is designed to launch your success.


  • Build connections with your peers through class discussions
  • Develop skills for scholarly inquiry
  • Navigate the New College academic program, from contracts, to Independent Study Projects, to narrative evaluations
  • Take an active role in each step of your academic trajectory at New College
  • Learn successful strategies to use in any of your classes, including effectively managing projects and assignments big or small, enacting positive teamwork skills, and engaging actively with texts.

2021 Set Sail Seminars

  • Mathematical Thinking: Patterns, Puzzles and Exploration
  • Writing About Writing
  • Exploring Science
  • Beginnings and Endings: A Beginning Creative Writing Workshop
  • Role-Playing Politics & Religion in the Renaissance 
  • Introductory Psychology: Motivated Minds Learning in and Out of School
  • Cities for All: Placemaking, Public Space & Building Inclusive Communities
  • What is Philosophy? Global Perspectives on Philosophical History
  • Music and Creative Practice