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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 Fall 2015

Financial Aid Workshop
Monday, Nov 30th
106 Classroom Building

Have you completed your FAFSA for 2016-17? Are you aware of the priority deadline? Are you familiar with unmet need? Do you know what "RAP" is? If you answered "NO" to any of these questions, you should make plans to attend this workshop. During this workshop, students will learn about the financial aid processes at the University of Kentucky. Students should be able to walk away with a clearer understanding of their financial aid situation and strategies to maximize their college funding level.
Facilitators: Financial Aid office representatives

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