Freshman Studies Office

Summer Reading


Seton Hall University’s first year students begin their common learning experience in the summer before their freshman year when they participate in the Summer Reading Program. Since 2003, incoming freshmen have been required to read a text that is selected for its ability to generate thoughtful discussion. The nominated text is then discussed in all ENGL 1201 and University Life classes, and some CORE 1101 classes. The Summer Reading Program not only introduces students to academic life at SHU, but also fosters student engagement.

2015 Summer Reading Book

The Ledge by Jim Davidson and Kevin VaughanThis year's book is The Ledge by Jim Davidson and Kevin Vaughan.  "How [Davidson] rescued himself is the core of The Ledge, and its most gripping part. The physical effort and will involved are astonishing." -- The Plain Dealer

Every Summer freshmen are encouraged to participate in an essay contest about the book. The winner receives a text book voucher of $400.00 to the University Bookstore.

Previous Selections:

2003: An American Story by Debra Dickerson
2004: Sounds of the River by Da Chen
2005: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime by Mark Haddon
2006: The Poetry of Billy Collins
2007: The Kite Runner by Khalid Hosseini
2008: Left to Tell by Imaculee Ilibagiza
2009: Listening is an Act of Love by Dave Isay
2010: Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
2011: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Jennifer Skloot
2012: This I Believe
2013: The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
2014: Radium Girls by D.W. Gregory

Contact Us

Freshman Studies Office
(973) 761-9740
Mooney Hall

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