Freshmen are required to attend cultural and/or intellectual activities that are selected by the Freshman Seminar faculty. These could include anything from student theater productions to distinguished lecturers.
- William Julius Wilson (highly honored Harvard Professor of Sociology, author of numerous publications on racial issues), distinguished lecturer
- Global Capitalism: Road to Utopia or Road to Serfdom? A debate by Dr. April Aerni and Dr. Harry Murray (professors at Nazareth College)
- Dr. Mark Plotkin (ethnobotonist and author of Tales of a Shaman's Apprentice), distinguished lecturer
- Anna Quindlen (Pulitzer Prize winner, former New York Times columnist, novelist), distinguished lecturer
- Ondekoza (Japanese Drummers), Arts Center event
- Rumors by Neil Simon, student theatre production
- Godspell by Stephen Schwartz and John-Michael Tebelak, student theatre production
All Freshman Seminar sections participate in at least one additional out-of-class activity, which is determined individually by each instructor/class.
- Dinner at faculty member's home
- Dinner at an ethnic restaurant (Indian, Japanese, Chinese, Greek, Ethiopian, etc.)
- Trips to local attractions including the George Eastman House, Memorial Art Gallery, Seneca Park Zoo, Rock Ventures, Strassenberg Planetarium, Letchworth State Park, the Amazing Maize Maze, etc.
- Attendance at a sporting event including Rochester Amerks hockey and Rochester Nighthawks lacrosse
- Attendance at a GEVA theater production followed by dessert