• As a new student, you will attend New Student Orientation, January 19-22 . The orientation program includes academic workshops about general degree requirements, presentations on majors and minors offered and interactive sessions with advisors and faculty to learn about academic opportunities.

    First-Year Requirements

    First-Year Writing

    All first-year students are required to complete two topic-based courses in expository writing, Writing the Essay I and Writing the Essay II (LFYW 1000 and LFYW 1500). Writing the Essay I helps students to formulate, develop, and express ideas through a process of writing and revisions. Students begin with familiar formats (like the personal essay) then move on to more analytical writing (the critical essay). In Writing the Essay II, students develop a clear and forceful prose style through close reading and consistent work in writing and revision. Students explore research methods and produce at least one in-depth essay that requires library research.

    Students who transfer with first-year standing (less than two full-time semesters completed at a prior college), may be considered for an exemption from one or both courses, but only if they can provide evidence of having successfully completed equivalent courses that focus on developing advanced writing, research and critical reading skills at another college with grades of “C” or better. AP credits and college credits for creative writing, creative nonfiction, and journalism are not accepted as equivalents to LFYW 1000 and LFYW 1500. If you believe you may be eligible for an exemption, please speak with your academic advisor. Students who transfer to Lang with sophomore standing or higher are automatically exempt from first-year requirements.

    First-Year Seminar

    In addition to Writing the Essay I and II, first-year students at Lang are required to complete a First-Year Seminar. Your first-year seminar is taught by a professor who serves as your faculty advisor during your freshman year at Lang. The seminars offer you the opportunity to engage in intense discussions with your classmates, developing the skills to grapple with challenging material and diverse perspectives.

    As a first-year student ,you should complete 30 credits during your first two semesters, including the three required courses. We encourage you to explore new intellectual realms by taking a broad range of liberal arts courses during your first year at Lang. Try leaving your comfort zone and choose topics you wouldn't ordinarily decide to study. You’ll have enough time to focus on a specific major or minor, so allow yourself this time for exploration.

    Registration Instructions

    Before you can register for classes, you must meet with your academic advisor. Your advisor will review any transfer credit you may have been awarded, explain your degree requirements, and help you register for classes during your advising session. Appointments are available in person, by Skype, or over the phone and will last 20-30 minutes.

    Scheduling an Appointment with Your Advisor

    1. Go to and log in.
    2. Click on the “AcademicsStudent” tab.
    3. Find the Student Success Network and click the “Login to Starfish CONNECT™” button (you must allow pop ups in your browser).
    4. Click on the “My Success Network” button on the left.
    5. You’ll see your academic advisor in the My Success Network list. Click on the “Schedule appointment” link under your advisor’s name to go to his or her calendar.
    6. Look for available times, as indicated by a green plus sign and the words “Sign Up.”
    7. When you find a time that works for you, click on “Sign Up.”
    8. Be sure to indicate whether or not your appointment will be in person, over the phone, or by Skype by choosing the correct location.

    Preparing for Your Advising Appointment

    1. Read through the list of Best Bets for Transfer Students. These are the courses with the most seats currently available, and therefore may be especially useful to consider.
    2. Read through the general list of courses offered for the upcoming semester. This is a more comprehensive listing of courses offered for the upcoming term.
    3. Select 10-12 prospective classes from those offered. Remember to include the course subject and number, as well as the CRN. (The CRN is the four-digit number at the end; e.g., in a listing such as LNGC 1234 CRN 5678, the CRN is 5678)

    Course Subject Code

    Each course has a subject code attached, which identifies the general subject area. For instance, psychology courses are denoted with the subject code LPSY, history courses with the subject code LHIS, music courses with LMUS, etc. 

    Course Number

    Each course also has a number indicated that identifies the level of instruction.

    • 1000-Level Courses: Freshmen Only
    • 2000-Level Courses: Introductory Level
    • 3000-Level Courses: Intermediate Level (assumes some introductory coursework in the field)
    • 4000-Level Courses: Advanced Level (assumes some intermediate coursework in the field)

    As an example, LECO 3100 would be an intermediate-level course in Economics, and LLST 4450 would be an advanced-level course in Literary Studies.