Freshman Advantage

What is Freshman Advantage?

Freshman Advantage is a conditional-acceptance program for freshmen who require additional support or whose academic skills need further development. Enrollment in the program depends on several factors, including high school GPA, SAT scores and At-Risk Committee assessment; qualified students are then given the opportunity to attend NC Wesleyan, (NCWC) under the condition that they “actively” participate in the program during their first year of college.

Benefits of Freshman Advantage

  • Selective acceptance into the NCWC family
  • Improved confidence and greater self esteem
  • Students learn to become self- regulated learners
  • One-on-one interaction with Freshman Advisors and Student Success staff
  • Interaction with student cohort, developing strong relationships on campus

To successfully complete Freshman Advantage, students must complete program requirements, designed to:

  • Ease transition to college
  • Introduce academic resources
  • Strengthen their academic skills
  • Promote self-advocacy and self-confidence
  • Provide academic, personal, and professional development opportunities

Program Requirements evolve based on the needs and some requests of each cohort and include:

  • 3 Benefits Meetings
  • 3 advising sessions or as needed
  • Satisfactory completion of COL 195 Freshman Seminar
  • Regular contact with Coordinator of Freshman Advantage
  • Regular attendance in assigned writing lab and tutorial sessions
  • Attendance at Student Success workshops, trainings, seminars, and activities
  • Complete a one week Summer Bridge program prior to Fall Freshman Semester
  • Adherence to NC Wesleyan’s policies concerning class attendance, behavior and GPA as outlined in the college catalog