the steps of Hamilton Hall, an administrative building, with five students sitting on the steps and one student standing with a bicycle.


AAP CONNECT is an early orientation for incoming AAP students!

AAP CONNECT is a free program for eligible students who are invited to participate. CONNECT will jumpstart your UArts experience with academic and professional development workshops and activities, designed to help you make a confident transition to college and have continued academic success. At CONNECT, you will meet new classmates, upper class peer leaders, faculty, staff, and alumni.

Eligible students will receive invitation by mail and email by early June. Be sure to check your UArts email throughout June and July to have the most up-to-date information on CONNECT 2024!

CONNECT 2024 Dates: August 12-August 20

CONNECT 2024 is offered in a hybrid format with synchronous virtual programming and on-campus programming

  • Virtual programming: Monday August 12-Wednesday August 14

  • Early move-in for residential students: Thursday August 15

  • On-campus programming: Thursday August 15-Tuesday August 20

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Email any questions to the Academic Achievement Program at

CONNECT 2024 Schedule

Take a look below at the schedule for CONNECT 2024!

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Please note: This schedule may be subject to change. 

Monday, August 12

*Virtual CONNECT begins*

  • 10am Welcome & Intros

  • 12pm Time Capsule: Identity Workshop

Tuesday, August 13

  • 10am Journal Workshop

Wednesday, August 14

  • 10am Problem Solving Workshop

Thursday, August 15

 *In-person/on-campus CONNECT begins*

  • 10am-12pm Move-in for residential AAP students and check in for all AAP students

  • 1pm AAP Parents/Family Q&A (optional)

  • 2pm Welcome Lunch and Making It at UArts (students only)

  • 3pm Campus walk w/ Peer Leaders (optional) 

  • 6:30pm RA Meetings in Res Halls 

  • 7:30pm Movie Night

Friday, August 16

  • 9:30am Dream Work to Real Work

  • 11am Rock Climbing Field Trip

Saturday, August 17

  • 7pm Broadway show in Philly

Sunday, August 18

  • 10am Philadelphia Museum of Art Field Trip

Monday, August 19

  • 9:30am Global Dance Workshop

  • 11:15am-4pm Bucket Drumming, Improv, and Bookmaking Workshops     

  • 5:30pm BBQ & Karaoke Dance Party

Tuesday, August 20

  • 10:00am AAP Celebration Brunch & Final Presentations

  • 12-4: AAP Success Meetings with advisors

Students who accept the invitation to the AAP and register for CONNECT must attend all workshops and events. 


Meet Your 2024-2025 AAP Peer Leaders!

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Fern Morehouse

Musical Theater '25

Luke Perkins Photo
Luke Perkins

Musical Theater '25

Brianna Richardson Profile Picture
Brianna Richardson

Photography '26

Mychael DeLorme Profile Picture
Mychael DeLorme

2D Animation '26

Trang Tsan Profile Picture
Trang Tsan

Illustration '26

Giovanna Johns Profile Picture
Giovanna Johns

Musical Theater '26

Meet the CONNECT Workshop Presenters!

Maurice Baynard

Problem Solving Workshop
Marc Dicciani sitting onstage on the edge of a drum set with theater tiers and boxes behind the set
Marc Dicciani

Bucket Drumming Workshop
Christa DiMarco dressed in a gray blazer and a black striped shirt and surrounded by bookcaes
Christa DiMarco

Art BFA (interdisciplinary)
PMA Lecture and Tour
Rob George
Rob George

Academic Advisor - School of Music

The College Toolbox Workshop
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Tia Kemp

Assistant Director for the Advising Center; Academic Advisor - School of Film

Improv Workshop
A headshot of Michele Kishita in a studio space
Michele Kishita

Assistant Director for the Advising Center and AAP, and Academic Advisor for School of Art

The College Toolbox Workshop
Jeanine Osayande & Dunya Performing Arts Company Picture
Jeannine Osayande & Dunya Performing Arts Company

Global Dance Workshop
Miriam White
Miriam White

Assistant Director for the Honors Program and Academic Advisor for Brind School of Theater

Time Capsule Workshop
Lizzy O'Donnell
Liz O'Donnell

BFA '17; Saturday School '12, '13; Summer Institute '12

Illustration (BFA)
Journal Workshop
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Bryn Ziegler

Book Arts and Printmaking (MFA)/ '23

Bookmaking Workshop