EARLY SUCCESS PROGRAM (ESP)

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Early Success Program (ESP)

Online via Blackboard: August 14-17, 2017

On-ground at RMU: August 18-23, 2017


All students accepted into the 2017 Early Success Program must complete this form to register with the Center for Student Success for program participation.


The goal of the Early Success Program (ESP) is to prepare a select group of incoming students for college-level courses and give these students the tools to thrive in a collegiate environment. This is accomplished through intentional immersion into the academic and social environments at Robert Morris University.

The program is designed to bridge the high school experience with our required First-Year Seminar Program. We acknowledge the ESP students as scholars and are confident this program will prepare them for the critical first year of college.

 ESP Orientation Week

By the end of the August session students will have a working knowledge of the University, their resources and support, and how to effectively navigate the first year. Specifically, students will focus on improving reading, writing, math, and study skills.
ESP students will also have the opportunity to interact with
 personnel from the 
following University offices:

 ×  Academic Services  ×  Library
 ×  Career Center  ×  Public Safety
 ×  Center for Student Success  ×  Residence Life
 ×  Financial Aid  × Student Life
 ×  Global Engagement



Requirements During the First Year

The Early Success Program spans the first year and affords students the opportunity to learn and practice methods necessary for college success.

August 2017: Students are required to complete four (4) online modules and the week of on-ground orientation. Each online module is built to be completed in about two to three hours, and will help students to begin thinking about college in depth. Each day of the on-ground orientation will break down critical concepts and provide practical skills for academic and social success.

Fall 2017: Students will progress through the First-Year Seminar Program (FYSP) that all first-year students must complete. Students will meet monthly with their assigned Colonial Scholar Leader and Counselor in the Center for Student Success, and must attend two out of four scheduled Colonial Scholar workshops to be
eligible for early registration*.

Spring 2018: Students will continue to meet regularly with their Counselor, will be required to either join a student group or participate in work study, and must attend one (1) out of three (3) designated Colonial Scholar workshops to be eligible for early registration for the upcoming Fall 2018 semester.

Meet the 2017 ESP Leaders

For More Information, Contact:
Armani Davis, Counselor
Center for Student Success
412-397-6821 phone
412-397-6316 fax
Nicholson Center, Moon Campus


*Students at RMU register in order of credit accumulation.  Ordinarily, first-year students are the last to register for courses. Priority Registration status is given to students who complete the ESP Requirements.


The Colonial Scholar workshops will include
 the following topics:

 × Grammar Skills × Critical Thinking
 × Math Strategies × Living Independently
 × College Writing 
 × Money Management
 × Learning Strategies × Resumes and Working
 × Public Speaking
× Time Management
 × Using RMU’s Tutoring 
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