Student Success Initiatives
Of our incoming freshmen class for the fall 2019 semester, 23 percent of our students will be the first in their family to attend college. These students, who are predominantly from disadvantaged and low-income backgrounds, can face myriad financial, social and academic obstacles. In order to meet the needs of this growing and important student population, support systems must be in place to help these students not only enter college, but obtain their degrees.
Florida State University established the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement—or CARE—in 2000 with a mission to contribute to the successful retention and graduation of undergraduate students from disadvantaged economic or educational circumstances. CARE provides preparation, orientation, mentoring, and academic support for first-generation students, such as college life coaching, financial literacy training, academic tutoring and more.
In addition to this academic support, CARE’s reach extends beyond the classroom. Through mentorship and the development of close-knit relationships, CARE students fully engage in University life. They are Student Body Presidents, Homecoming Chiefs and Princesses, Global Scholars, Rhodes Scholars, Fulbright recipients and more. Simply put, CARE students are integral to the future of Florida State University.
Help us shape these deserving students into our future leaders. Your gift can help FSU do even more. The State of Florida provides a two-for-one state match for all contributions to this fund, effectively tripling the financial support for this student population.
CARE bridges the gap for FSU’s first-generation students
Florida State University News, Released July 13, 2020
Beginning college can be an overwhelming experience for first-year students. And starting college amid a pandemic can make the experience more intimidating. For first-generation students, it can be an even bigger challenge.
To help ease the transition to college for first-generation students, Florida State University’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) provides a foundation of support along with opportunities for campus engagement through its annual Summer Bridge Program (SBP). This year’s cohort will be the first in the program’s history to complete it virtually — and for class credit.
FSU receives new designation for its commitment to first-generation student success
Florida State University News, Released June 23, 2020
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Florida State University has received designation as a First-gen Forward Advisory Institution, recognizing its commitment to improving experiences and advancing outcomes of first-generation college students.
Florida State is one of just 11 schools nationally to earn the designation from the Center for First-generation Student Success, an initiative of NASPA – Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education and The Suder Foundation. Selected institutions receive professional development, community-building experiences, and a first look at the center’s research and resources.
FSU’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) aims to provide first-generation students with the preparation and academic support necessary to trailblaze a successful college career.