Penn State Altoona’s Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is an academic success program that offers admission consideration to students who would like additional academic support services and programs to prepare them for a successful transition into the college environment. The program is for Pennsylvania residents who are traditional first-year applicants and plan to begin their studies in the fall semester of any given academic year.
CSP candidates demonstrate the potential to be successful college students but may require specialized and structured academic support. Students will have a specialized support system from our CSP team. It is the goal of this learning community to improve the quality of the students' academic careers and to enhance the graduation of its members.
Students who participate in the program can expect individual counseling and advising, leadership development opportunities, training in study skills, close monitoring of their academic progress, tutoring, transportation to the University Park campus for CSP events and networking, and more. Program participants also can expect to be challenged to achieve at the highest level of their ability. In addition, CSP offers students the opportunity to explore—in a caring and non-judgmental environment—all of the situations they may encounter as young adults. We try to meet each student's needs at the level of the individual.
CSP students enroll in a student success (FYS) course during their first year. This course is designed to provide support to students during their transition from high school to college. The course will help new students gain control over their college experience by developing effective educational strategies, greater self- awareness, and skills built upon accurate knowledge of the university's programs, policies, and services.
Director, Enrollment Management
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