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First-Year Reading

First-Year Summer Reading : Saint Louis University : SLU

The Fall 2016 book selection is:

Just Mercy
by Bryan Stevenson



During the summer prior to the start of their first semester at SLU, incoming students are required to read a common book. The goals of the program include:

  • Provides a shared intellectual experience that prepares incoming students to engage in discussion on various levels on an ongoing basis.
  • Addresses questions and life issues being faced by incoming students.
  • Either implicitly or explicitly introduces students to academic life and the uniqueness of Jesuit higher education, reflective of the mission of Saint Louis University.
  • Provides opportunities for incoming students to dialogue with each other, and faculty and staff on campus.

Students will be further introduced to the concept of the first-year reading during SLU 101 summer orientation and will receive the book for free during their orientation visit to campus during the summer. All first-year students are required to read it by the time they come to campus to participate in discussions during Fall Welcome as well in classes during the fall semester.


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