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 a special orientation for incoming AAP students!

AAP CONNECT is a free program that 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.

Be sure to check your UArts email throughout July to have the most up-to-date information on CONNECT 2023!

CONNECT 2023 Dates: August 14 - August 22

  • CONNECT 2023's virtual programs will begin August 14 and complement New Student Orientation. Early move-in for residential students and on-campus programs begin August 17. 

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Email any questions to the Academic Achievement Program at

CONNECT 2023 Schedule

Take a look below at the schedule for CONNECT 2023!

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Please note: This schedule is subject to change. 

Monday, August 14

*Virtual CONNECT Begins*

  • 10am Welcome & Intros

  • 12pm Journal Workshop

Tuesday, August 15

  • 10am Time Capsule Workshop

Wednesday, August 16

  • 10am Problem Solving Workshop

Thursday, August 17

 *In-Person 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 18

  • 10am The College Toolbox Workshop 

  • 11am Rock Climbing Field Trip

Saturday, August 19

  • 7pm The Lion King at The Academy of Music 

Sunday, August 20

  • 10am Philadelphia Museum of Art Field Trip

Monday, August 21

  • 9:30am Global Dance Workshop

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

  • 5:30pm BBQ Picnic & Karaoke Dance Party

Tuesday, August 22

  • 10:30am AAP Celebration Brunch & Final Presentations

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

Meet Your 2023-2024 AAP Peer Leaders!

Pedro Ramirez Profile Picture
Pedro Ramirez

Film and Animation '24

Fern Morehouse Profile Picture
Fern Morehouse

Musical Theater '25

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Luke Perkins

Musical Theater '25

Brianna Richardson Profile Picture
Brianna Richardson

Photography '26

Madelynn Delvacchio Profile Picture
Madelynn Delvacchio

Fine Arts (Sculpture) '24

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; Academic Advisor - 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

Academic Advisor - 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