CORE is a program that helps ensure a smooth transition to college life and academics for St. Bonaventure's Freshman Foundation students, those who may need guidance to take full advantage of the support services offered by the University.
Often, academic success hinges on non-academic factors such as
- making a good transition to college life
- good time management (including overcoming procrastination)
- developing college-appropriate study skills and habits
- managing social life
- becoming positively independent
- making good decisions
The CORE program is designed to help Freshman Foundation students develop college-essential skills such as how to get and stay organized, how to study effectively, how to manage their time and avoid procrastination, and how to take advantage of the many campus resources available to help them to achieve success.
A key offering for CORE students is FRES 100, a seminar that meets once a week during the first semester. It's been demonstrated that students who complete FRES 100 have higher GPAs and are more successful at SBU than those who don't.
The Academic Success Plan for CORE students involves requiring them to meet with their academic advisers during the first few weeks of class and participate in early-in-the-semester orientation to the Teaching and Learning Center. Every CORE student is assigned a peer coach – an upper division student who can help ensure a smooth transition to life at SBU.