Seminar for New Students

About the Program

The New Student Seminar: NESS 100 (College Survival and Success) provides students with connection and facilitates the transition for first-time college students to the college environment, culture, and routine. Students will receive critical information on college services, policies, and procedures, as well as tools to empower them for a successful tenure as an undergraduate student. In addition, they will participate in a learning community organized along with their interests with extensive information on academic programs, challenges, advisement, and potential professional careers. 

Students will also gain common learning experiences by participating in the Common Reader Program. This program will be delivered online through the College's New Student Seminar: NESS 100. NESS 100 sections are facilitated by York student peer leaders.

The New Student Seminar will have no academic or financial cost to students. The learning community is offered as an online immersion workshop without bearing any academic credits. Being offered as no academic credit immersion workshop it will not incur any financial cost to students. 

The Common Reader Program

The York College Common Reader program is a collaborative initiative of the Office of Academic Affairs and Student Development.  

Each academic year, the college selects a common reader that allows the college community to engage in meaningful discourse around a shared text. For incoming first-year students, this is particularly valuable in easing them into the college experience and helping them feel part of a larger academic community.

New Student Orientation

As your first introduction to the college experience and to NESS 100, you will meet your fellow incoming students and your peer leaders at the New Student Orientation

How NESS 100 Will Benefit You?

NESS 100 will help you:

  • Successfully transition to York College.
  • Discover new ideas and opportunities.
  • Explore majors and possible careers.
  • Learn how to use technology.
  • Get to know the resources available to you at York College.
  • Meet new people.
  • Enjoy the adventure of learning.

How do I Access NESS 100?

You will be able to access the seminar and complete assignments by logging into Blackboard.  

Accessing Blackboard

  1. Go to the York College website
  2. Click “Current Students”, then “Online Services”, then “Blackboard"

In the CUNY Blackboard Login page, use your CUNYfirst as the username and your CUNYfirst password to assignments

You will be directed to the Blackboard page called my COURSES. Click on the course link for the New Student Seminar indicated as NESS 100. You can begin completing activities and assignments by reviewing posted materials in the CONTENT section for each week.

Explore and Grow

NESS 100 provide students with great opportunities to explore and grow. Click on the syllabus to learn more, NESS 100 Syllabus. Seminar activities help students engage in active learning and connect with their peers, faculty and staff.  Click on the assignments to explore. 

Developing Cultural AwarenessDeveloping Cultural Awareness
Institutional Learning Outcomes (ILOs)Match the ILO
Scavenger HuntScavenger Hunt
Common Reader"This I Believe" Essays