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Fresh Reads

Fresh Reads, CBU’s freshman summer reading program, was started in the summer of 2011 in order to give new students a common academic experience! Freshmen, upperclassmen and faculty members read the same book and have numerous opportunities to discuss it throughout the school year at various First Year Experience events.

The Fresh Reads program committee selects a book that is engaging and thought provoking. In turn, new freshmen are invited to read the book, consider the issues it raises and respond to it with an essay.

As you arrive at CBU and embark on a new chapter of your life as a college student, we hope that your Fresh Reads book will move you to think about your life so far and the lives of those around you, motivating you to change, serve, respond and consider. You will receive a free copy of the book when you arrive on campus for Freshman Orientation.

Previous Fresh Reads Book Titles


2013: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
2012: The Noticer by Andy Andrews
2011: The Soloist by Steve Lopez

For more information on CBU's Fresh Reads Program and this year's book selection, please contact the Program Director: Dr. Karen Golightly at