Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement

FSU hosts residential summer program for local students from Title I middle and high schools

This summer, the Florida State University community welcomed a non-traditional group of students to their residential and lecture halls as part of the university’s College Reach-Out Program (CROP). Leon County students from R. Frank Nims and Griffin middle schools and Gadsden County High School students participated in CROP, an immersive residential summer program on FSU’s […]

Participants in FSU’s Upward Bound Program achieve academic excellence during pandemic

While the COVID-19 pandemic disrupted K-12 schools nationwide and brought conversations about the “digital divide,” learning loss and low college enrollment rates for vulnerable student populations to the forefront of pressing issues in education, several local high school students didn’t miss a beat thanks to one Florida State University program. Students participating in FSU’s Upward […]

FSU launches new Living Learning Community for first-generation students

Enhancing student success is one of Florida State University’s top strategic goals. In Fall 2022, the university will take its commitment to student success one step further by offering a home for first-generation students with the opening of a new living-learning community (LLC). The FGEN Noles LLC is designed to provide an environment that promotes […]

FSU to celebrate first-generation college student success

Florida State University will recognize its first-generation students and their accomplishments during a week of events expanding upon the nationwide First-Generation College Celebration, which will take place Sunday, Nov. 8. Florida State’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE), which provides first-generation and underrepresented students the necessary resources and support network they need to flourish […]

FSU’s record first-year student retention rate places among Top 15 nationally

Innovative campus-wide efforts nearly eliminate retention disparities among undergraduates Florida State University is retaining first-year students at a record rate, according to the most recent data reported to the Florida Board of Governors. Ninety-five percent of FSU’s first-time-in-college students who enrolled in Summer/Fall 2019 stayed for their sophomore year — a record for the university. […]

FSU receives $2.6M in federal funding to support underrepresented students

Florida State University’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE) will receive $2.6 million over the next five years to continue funding two programs that support traditionally underrepresented students in higher education. The two competitive grants are part of the Federal TRIO Programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education. CARE received a total of […]

CARE bridges the gap for FSU’s first-generation students

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 […]

FSU receives new designation for its commitment to first-generation student success

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 […]

FSU-Gadsden Upward Bound program posts perfect graduation rate

Florida State University’s Upward Bound Program — a 31-year partnership with Gadsden County High School — celebrated the graduation of 100 percent of its 35-student class last month.   Each of this year’s Upward Bound graduates will go on to complete their education at a four-year institution or community college or enlist in the military.   Upward Bound provides college preparation to students living or attending school […]

Essence Duncan

A first-generation student at Florida State University, Essence Duncan was raised without any expectations of going to college. Now a senior, she couldn’t imagine her life without the experience of higher education. Duncan had plans to follow in the footsteps of her parents and join the military immediately following high school. Then, she discovered Florida […]

Sabrina Mato

Cuban immigrant and first-generation college student Sabrina Mato arrived at Florida State University with a breadth of opportunities awaiting her, and she’s taken full advantage of those experiences during her collegiate career. Born in Cuba, Mato immigrated to the United States when she was eight years old. After living in Miami for some time, she […]

CARE jumpstarts first-generation students’ college journey

Starting college can be an overwhelming experience for any student, especially for those who are the first in their families to do so. That’s why Florida State University’s Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement’s (CARE) Summer Bridge Program focuses on providing first-generation students with a strong network of support and campus engagement opportunities. Last week, […]