RANGER RESTART: Updates, resources, and FAQs
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 


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

We also see orientation as an opportunity for you to meet the staff working with the program and with other Promise students.

We anticipate over 100 students will be chosen for the program, so we will designate several dates for you to choose from this summer.

To get the date that works best for your schedule, sign up today for both your placement testing and orientation sessions.

Promise Kick Start

Kick Start, a mandatory program for Promise students, starts on August 30 and runs through August 31. 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 can move into your residence hall early. Check back later for more Kick Start updates.

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 First Year and Transfer students) on Tuesday, September 1.

Take Advantage of Math Move Up 15 

Math Move Up is an optional, invitation only, FREE 4 week summer program for students who just missed placing into Math 111. It is not required but Promise students are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity.

Math move up written on a chalk board

To stay on the Path, Promise students are required to participate in a First Year Promise 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
UWP 111 Freshman Seminar (1 credit)
Spring Semester 
UWP 293 Career Development and Practicum (2 credits)

Promise students are strongly encouraged to participate in our Student Support Services Trio program, meet with their academic advisor regularly, sign up for a peer mentor through our Parkside Connect program and take advantage of the resources available through the Parkside Academic Resource Center.

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