The Success Academy program is a three-semester extended learning community. This is your opportunity to get on campus early and start using the resources, meeting the people, taking the initiative and developing the skills to make the most of your college education. We offer you the support and guidance while at the same time inspiring you to new and exciting levels of academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and leadership development.
Georgia State’s Success Academy is one of those opportunities that come only once. The individual guidance and coordinated support you will receive are unique to the program and can help ensure your early and ongoing college success.
Be Part of a Community to get You Ready For College
Success Academy consists of programs, activities and services that work together – and with you to put you on the path to college success:
- Individualized study skills and learning-style assessments
- Academic skills workshops including time management, memory and concentration, how to read a textbook, how to talk to your professor
- Peer Mentoring
- Leadership development
- Introduction to key faculty and staff
- Individualized guidance and support from Financial Aid, University Advisement Center, Scholarship Resource Center, and more
- Social and networking events including leadership retreat, and civic engagement opportunities
- Residential Living-Learning Community (optional)
- Develop strong study habits and academic skills
- Begin fulfilling degree requirements
- Increase your likelihood of attaining or maintaining the HOPE Scholarship eligibility
- Learn about a wealth of resources for support and guidance
- Make enduring friendships
How does it work?
- Deadline to Submit Intent to Enroll: Friday, April 13, 2018
- Success Academy Reception (All receptions will take place in 100 Auburn Ave, NE. Make sure you attend one.):
- January 29, 6 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
- February 12, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- March 16, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- April 13, 9 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
- Success Academy Orientation (Make sure to attend one.):
- First Day of Class: Monday, June 4, 2018
- Last Possible Day of Summer Term: Monday, July 23, 2018
- First Day of Class (fall): Monday, August 20, 2018
What are the costs?
- Students will be enrolled in 7 credit hours. In-state tuition and fees for the Summer Semester will amount to $2,883. Students may apply their financial aid awards toward the tuition and fees costs.
- Living on campus is highly recommended for this program, but not required. Students participating in the Success Academy will be housed in Piedmont North in a Shared Bedroom for $1,200.00.
- Students who chose to live on campus will be required to have a meal plan. The meal plan rate is $900.00, which provides 3 meals per day, all you can eat for seven weeks.
- Housing and meal plans can be covered by Financial Aid.
Once you have accepted the invitation to join the program and received your Campus ID, you can fill out the Georgia State Housing application.
Make sure to complete the “June-July 2018” contract. There is a $100.00 room reservation fee required immediately that will be applied to your overall cost for housing. Students participating in the Success Academy will be housed in Piedmont North in a Shared Bedroom for $1,200.00. You will need to indicate your participation in the Academy on the contract. Students who live in Housing will also be required to purchase a meal plan for $900.00, which provides 3 meals per day/all you can eat for seven weeks.
Please note that living on campus during the summer semester does not guarantee a bed for the fall semester. Students who wish to live on campus for fall and spring must complete a separate application on Housing’s website.
Do I have to live on campus?
While living on campus is not required, it is strongly recommended. Students who live on campus have a higher retention rate than those who reside off campus, make friends faster, learn about themselves and how to live with others, and become engaged with the university much faster. Every student participating in Success Academy should consider their own financial situation, however.
How do I accept the invitation?
After receiving the invitation from the Office of Admissions, students will need to complete the Intent to Enroll form in their admissions status check. To learn more about the program, it is recommended that students and parents/guests attend one of the receptions hosted by the Offices of Admissions and Undergraduate Studies.
The Interdisciplinary Global Seminar study abroad program offers a 10-day overseas academic adventure on the southern coast of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. The program provides an opportunity for students to increase their cross-cultural awareness, while also allowing them to gain an understanding and appreciation for the way of life in the Carribbean. Students will study social justice and health disparities from an international, comparative perspective. The Spring Break program includes guest lectures from local experts, homestays with local families, a service learning project in the community, and excursions to cultural and historical sites. Classes are held in the morning, and afternoons/weekends are reserved for outside-the-classroom learning and interpersonal development. While abroad, students will immerse themselves in Dominican culture, rich and unique history, breathtaking natural beauty, and tasty cuisine.
The course associated with this study abroad experience is Perspectives 2001 Interdisciplinary Global Seminar, and is designed to broaden students’ understanding of social justice and health disparities from an international, comparative perspective. The goal is to expose students to topical issues facing the legal and health care systems of the Dominican Republic. The course is issue-oriented and interdisciplinary in nature that will be specifically tailored to students in Success Academy. No knowledge or background in criminal justice, law, or health is required.
The program is open to Success Academy students currently in their first year at Georgia State. Non-criminal justice and non-public health major students are welcome to apply. Program size is limited and participation is contingent upon acceptance by the Program Directors.
The program fee for Spring Break 2018 is $1,700. Program cost may vary at any time according to currency fluctuations, travel arrangements, and the number of participants. Non-resident/out-of-state students will pay in-state tuition plus a $250 fee in addition to the program cost.
• Round-trip airfare from Atlanta
• All meals
• Ground transportation to all program activities
• Housing accommodations
• Health/Evacuation/Repatriation insurance
Price Does Not Include:
• Georgia State tuition and fees
• Course reading materials
• Personal expenses and excess baggage charges
September 30, 2017 – $500 deposit with application and to secure your spot
November 30, 2017 – $800
January 30, 2018 – $400, final payment
(All payments are non-refundable upon receipt)
Please pay for your program deposit by finding the program listing (www.gsu.edu/studyabroad), and follow the payment instructions. Please refer to the GSU Academic/Registration calendar for the tuition and fees deadline.
Catered to Success Academy Students:
This program is a unique experience, only open to first-year students in Success Academy. First-year students outside of Success Academy are not permitted to participate because they will not have earned enough credits by their first Spring semester to participate in any study abroad program. The program may also be open to upper-class students, depending on Success Academy enrollment numbers.
$1000 Program Discount Available to the first 9 Participants:
Georgia State’s Study Abroad Office will be providing a $1,000 discount in program costs to the first nine students who are accepted into the program and pay the first deposit of $500 by September 30, 2017.
Students will have the opportunity to take survival Spanish classes while in the Dominican Republic.
2 Credits in 10 Days:
Students will travel to the Dominican Republic over Spring Break 2018, which means they will be able to pack a lot into the 10-day schedule. Students will earn two credits towards Area B of the Core through participation in the course Perspectives 2001 Interdisciplinary Global Seminar: A Field Study in the Dominican Republic. This course will be taught by two professors from Public Health and Criminal Justice, will be interdisciplinary in focus, and students from all majors may apply.