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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 2015

First Year in a Flash
Wednesday, Sept. 9th
106 Classroom Building

This fast-paced, hands-on, interactive workshop is designed to simulate the typical challenges and triumphs that first year students face in their adjustment to the collegiate environment. In the course of this simulation, students will also learn about the myriad of programs and opportunities available to them. They will also gain insight into the emotional/psychological challenges often faced by new students at UK.
Facilitator: Stephanie Mayberry, CARES

Professor Communication
Tuesday, Oct. 13th
106 Classroom Building

This workshop will assist students in navigating successful communication across different mediums with classroom instructors. This interactive session will allow students to discuss common pitfalls and how to avoid them.
Facilitator: Stephanie Mayberry, CARES

Off-Campus Housing
Thursday, Nov. 12th
106 Classroom Building

Considering moving off-campus next year? Come learn about your options during this workshop. A staff representative will share his expertise on selecting off-campus housing, roommates, and he will also discuss strategies for managing this new responsibility successfully.
Facilitator: Off-Campus Student Services

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