UCCS Retention Initiatives

Students doing board work in Science Center

Academic Skill Development Workshops

The Office of First Year Experience offers free academic skill development workshops throughout the semester. Topics include time management and study skills, learning styles, test-taking, note-taking, and more. If you would like to schedule a workshop for your students, please contact the Office of First Year Experience at 719-255-7551.

Advisor working with student

Early Alert Program

Every semester, the Office of First Year Experience collaborates with faculty who teach 1000 and 2000 level courses to identify students who are not doing well in their classes due to poor academic performance, lack of attendance, and/or personal issues. When students show up in our system, we connect them with a Success Coach or their Academic Advisor to create a plan to get back on track.

Staff mentor with student mentee

Faculty/Staff Mentoring Program

The Multicultural Office for Student Access, Inclusiveness, and Community (M.O.S.A.I.C.) partners with faculty and staff to provide mentorships to students. If you are interested in becoming a mentor, please contact Anthony Cordova at 719-255-3040.

Students and faculty at FAME event

F.A.M.E. (First-Years Achieving Marks of Excellence)

Every February, the Office of First Year Experience and the Chancellor's Office recognize first-time, full-time freshmen who earned a 3.25 GPA or higher their first (fall) semester at UCCS.

Learning Community at zoo

Learning Communities

First year students in pre-professional majors (pre-business, pre-nursing, and pre-engineering) have the opportunity to participate in a learning community (aka: Zones). Students in the Zones take two or more linked courses together along with a Gateway Program Seminar.

Success Coach with Student

Success Coaching

Every freshman is assigned a Success Coach through the Office of First Year Experience. A Success Coach is a mentor who encourages, motivates, and connects students to campus-wide resources to reach their goals.

Students at transfer student welcome

Transfer Student Welcome

At the beginning of the fall and spring semesters, the Office of First Year Experience collaborates with faculty and several of the student support offices on campus to host a conference-style welcome designed specifically for incoming transfer students. leg

We know that there are many more retention initiatives taking place at UCCS, both
departmentally and campus-wide. We
 want to know what you are doing to help retain our students,
please contact us at fye@uccs.edu to keep us up-to-date.