To help you get started on your path to a college degree, Promise students are required to participate in three programs before the official start of the academic year.

New Student Orientation and Registration


New Student Orientation and Registration is the first opportunity you will have to meet with your academic advisor and register for your first semester of classes.

Prior to orientation and registration session, you will need to a pre-orientation session with our Student support Services team.  You will receive information about both these things sometime in early 2024.  

We anticipate over 100 students will be chosen for the program. To get the best orientation and registration date , sign up as soon as you receive access to it. 

Kick Start

Kick Start, our early arrival program, is mandatory program for Promise students.  The program runs the week prior to the start of the fall term.  Kick Start is a fun, interactive program designed to provide a more thorough orientation to campus and finalize any last minute details for the start of the academic year.
In addition to meeting the rest of the Promise students, you'll connect with the peer mentors and first-year faculty. If you will be living in campus housing for the year, you will be able to move into your residence hall early. More specific details about Kick Start will be available at a later date.

Ranger Welcome

Ranger Welcome is the oldest campus tradition at Parkside! Held the first week of classes, the week is packed with events and resources to welcome you to campus (and there is free food and Parkside swag)! Ranger Welcome kicks-off with New Student Convocation (REQUIRED for all new students) on Tuesday, September 3.

Connect with a Peer Mentor 

As part of the Promise program, you will also be assigned a Peer Mentor who will support you during your first year on campus.  Your mentor will be a current Promise student or a Student Support Services students, so they will know all the ends and outs of how to be a successful student.   Some of the mentors will also participate in your first year seminar course.

To stay on the Path, Promise students are required to participate in a First Year  Learning Community

As a part of your 15 credits each term, you will enroll in a two course sequence designed to help you transition to college and play an active role in your education, identify, your passion and determine, your path toward graduation.
Fall Semester
GNED 104  Fundamentals of Learning (3 credit)
NOTE:  Students in majors in the our College of Natural and Health Science will take the seminar course required for their major.
Spring Semester 
UWP 293 Career Development and Practicum (2 credits)

Promise students must also participate in our Student Support Services Trio program, meet with their academic advisor on a regular basis, connect with their peer mentor  and take advantage of the resources available through the Parkside Academic Resource Center.

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