The First-Year Residential Seminar is part of a program designed to help students explore new ways of integrating their social and intellectual lives. Students who elect this seminar live together in the same residential unit. They take the seminar together during the fall semester, and enrollment in the seminar is restricted to students in the program. The seminar explores topics and issues that can be expected to promote lively discussions both in and out of class. It may be team-taught and may contain interdisciplinary subject matter.

All entering first-year students have the opportunity to express interest in participating in this program; if more students are interested than there are spaces available (usually 18-24), selection is done randomly. Participants must commit themselves to taking FRS 101 or 102.