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Students who are offered Supported Admission are admitted to Juniata with the belief that they have the potential to succeed in college, but would benefit from extra mentoring and assistance from faculty and staff.
During the fall semester, all freshmen enroll in the required four-credit foundation course–College Writing Seminar–designed to provide first-year students with the reading, writing, computer, library, time management, and study skills necessary for success in college. For a Supported Admission student, a specially designated Freshmen Advisor is the student’s CWS instructor or a professor who has that student in a POE class during the first semester. Freshmen Advisors work closely with students to monitor their academic performance and address individual needs.
The program for Supported Admitted students includes regularly scheduled, required appointments (at least five such meetings) throughout the semester with the Director of Academic Support Services and the Assistant Dean of Students to monitor and assess progress in each class, discuss issues related to transition to college living and a college-level workload, discuss how to prepare for and take tests, give pre-registration advice, assist with selection of a second advisor, and many other topics appropriate to the individual circumstances of each student.
Supported Admitted freshmen also benefit from resources offered through or coordinated by the Office of Academic Support Services. These include use of the Writing Center, how to best utilize the faculty and faculty advisors, determining when referral to the counseling center is appropriate, how to build an academic schedule and design a Program of Emphasis, how to go about exploring possible careers, etc. There is a broad network of support and advisors available to all students.
While receiving the additional support described herein, Supported Admission students carry a typical course load of 12-16 credits during the first semester and are in no way distinguishable from their peers in the classroom. Upon completion of one semester in good academic standing, the student is no longer required to have regular appointments with the Office of Academic Support Services, but is able to utilize their continued advocacy and resources.