Common Experience

There are many ways to participate in the Common Experience. You can attend some or all of our numerous programs and events scheduled over the course of the academic year. You can also read our common text and engage in book discussions in either the fall or spring semesters. Students can register in almost 40 courses that have assigned the common text as part of the class.

Faculty members, staff members, and members of the community are invited and encouraged to purchase the book, read it, and participate in one of the book discussions.

2024-25 Common Experience theme

Artwork of a tree sitting on a rocky island surround by a lake with the sunlight shining through from behind the tree.

The theme for the 2024-25 Common Experience is “Resilience: Growing Through Life's Challenges

Learn more about this year’s theme and reading