Academic Immersion Program

Fairfield University (CT)

The Academic Immersion Program at Fairfield University helps students from underrepresented populations transition to college. Selected participants represent diverse racial backgrounds, first-generation college attendees, and students from low-income families. The program engages faculty, deans, student affairs staff, and student mentors.

The program has two components: a four-week English and philosophy summer course and one-on-one meetings with staff and workshops during their first two years of college, where students continue to develop their knowledge and skills base.

Bottom Line:  Of the 33 students who participated in the 2008 Academic Immersion Summer Program, 32 completed the academic year, with an average cumulative GPA of 2.77. Sixteen students finished with a GPA of 3.0 or higher.

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