Student Life

The 4-Year Experience

Experience Dare, Dream, Design, Do at New College


College is a journey — an experience that helps you grow as a student, as a professional and as a person.

The 4-Year Experience and the professional staff on our dedicated Experience Team at the West Campus encourages New College students to begin their journey by daring to dream, designing the steps to help them achieve their career goals, and then turning those dreams into reality.

Freshman Year: DARE

Your freshman year is a time to build friendships through student organizations, and to discover new ideas by sharing common experiences like the summer community read program with your classmates. Plus, you’ll feel a sense of campus community within your residential college.

During your first year, you will meet with a peer mentor for academic guidance. Your peer mentor is here to make the most of your college experience and help you face the challenges of transitioning from high school to college. You’ll find support as well as academic skill-building workshops and campus resource information.

The New College Peer Mentor program serves as a direct connection to the college. In conjunction with first-year experience programming, the peer mentors offer opportunities for students to interact directly with administrators, faculty, staff and peers.

Shortly after a student’s admission to New College, peer mentors establish contact and continue to build rapport prior to your arrival on campus through phone calls, emails and social media. By the first day of classes, you will already know your peer mentor.

Sophomore Year: DREAM

Your second year is prime time to dream about your future. You’ve explored classes and campus and gotten your feet underneath you. It’s time to think big about what you can do. Our Experience Team will help. You will participate by leading or helping design the Innovation Challenge Service Learning Project and explore undergraduate research through NCUIRE as well as service learning opportunities and internships.

We also encourage you to enroll in the second-year leadership course (IAS 294) and consider joining the Sophomore Advisory Board.

Junior Year: DESIGN

You will connect with your Junior Year Peer Leader in your junior year, and become the architect of your future where you will set goals for your two remaining years. The Junior Year Peer Leader serves as a college resource and direct connection for all New College juniors (traditional juniors and transfer students). The Experience Team will provide programming and support to help you map out the steps to meet your goals.

Consider gaining valuable life and career experience through volunteering, research, studying abroad or engaging other opportunities to develop special skills. Explore the benefit of an internship connected to your professional goals.

Are you a transfer student? Check out IAS 300, which is designed to help ensure a successful transition to ASU.

Senior Year: DO

Now is the time for the countdown and our Experience Team is here to help you make that next transition to professional life or grad school. Programming, events and support during your senior year include the senior meeting and our Senior-Alumni mentor program, which will prepare you for graduation and the real-world.

The New College Senior-Alumni Mentor Program was created to offer guidance, support and insight for seniors approaching graduation. Seniors can take advantage of the professional experience gained by participating alumni.