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Freshman Programs
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Critical First Year Program
The Critical First-Year Program is an academic support program for multicultural freshmen designed to ensure their successful transition from high school to college. The goal of the program is for students to have a 3.0 grade point average at the end of their freshmen year.

The following are the components of the program:

  • Multicultural Student Fall Orientation
  • Freshman Focus Seminars
  • Academic Progress Sessions
  • Study Groups
  • Tutoring
  • Mid-term Grade Check

The Multicultural Student Fall Orientation - an orientation designed especially for Multicultural Freshmen. The orientation gives students and parents the opportunity to meet and share with faculty, staff, and students. Students receive a wealth of information about resources, tips for success, and campus life.

First Year Focus Seminars - Seminars are held throughout the academic year. These seminars focus on a variety of informative and motivational topics.

Academic Progress Sessions - All students are required to meet with the freshmen counselor up to three times during the semester. Information regarding class progress, grades, time management, study skills, test taking strategies, personal/social issues and other topics relating to becoming a successful student are discussed.

Study Groups/Tutoring - Students are assigned to study groups to help with classes that have traditionally shown to be challenging for students. A facilitator leads the group in discussion on material covered in class, homework, test review, etc. Students can also request individual tutoring for any subject in which they are experiencing problems.

Mid-term Grade Check - Each semester, the CARES staff receives information about students academic progress. This information is relayed to the students and decisions made according to their graduation goals.


Parker Scholars Retention Program

As a recipient, you will be required to do the following:

  • Enroll in UK 101
  • Participate in tutoring
  • Attend Academic Progress Sessions with the freshman counselor
  • Participate in workshops focused on issues of concern to first year students

Freshman Focus Series Spring 2014

Renewed Purpose and Opportunities
Thursday, Jan. 30th
Student Center - Worsham Theater
Did you perform as well academically as you wanted to in the fall semester? Did you just miss the Dean's List? This session will serve as a motivational tool to help jump start the spring semester, and help you develop a plan of success for the spring semester.

Off-campus Housing
Wednesday, Feb. 12th
Student Center - Worsham Theater
Considering moving off-campus next semester? Come learn about your options during this workshop.
Tony Ralph will share his expertise on selecting off-campus housing, roommates, and he will also discuss strategies for managing this new responsibility successfully.
Facilitator: Mr. Tony Blanton, Student Services Director

Maximizing Your Summer Break
Tuesday, Mar. 11th
Student Center - Worsham Theater
With the current state of the economy, landing a job right after college graduation has become more
difficult in recent years. Though employers are still hiring, they are more likely to hire graduate with
more experience, higher levels of motivation, and a focused interest in their industry. Students should
attend this workshop to receive important information about how to research, obtain, and succeed in
positions related to their major and/or career field.
Facilitator: Mr. Lenroy Jones, Stuckert Career Center

Financial Literacy
Monday, Apr. 14th
Student Center, Room 230
This mismanagement of personal finances is one of the most common pitfalls for the college student. This workshop, conducted by a seasoned professional financial advisor, will address some of the vital topics such as the value and risk of credit, what needs to be understood about investing and saving, how to adopt responsible consumer habits, and how to employ wealth building strategies.
Facilitators: Mr. Dwain Neeley, PNC Bank

To download the Freshman Focus Series flyer, please CLICK HERE

To schedule an appointment with a CARES counselor, please CLICK HERE