TRIO Student Support Services at CSU

About the AAC

 
The Academic Advancement Center (A TRIO Student Support Services Program) has served over 6,500 students on the CSU campus since its arrival on campus in 1978. The Center is funded by a primary grant from the U.S. Department Education, with additional funds for operations, tutoring, and for direct grants to students from the University. A grant from FirstBank Community Fund of Colorado also allows for enrichment of programs.
As one of the 946 federally-funded  Student Support Services programs in the nation, our mission is to help low-income, first-generation college students, foster youth, and students with disabilities to stay in college until they earn their baccalaureate degrees.

Watch this short video about where your CSU tuition dollars go. 
 

Spring 2016 Application for Enrollment CLOSED

We have reached our currently capacity and are no longer accepting applications for Spring 2016 enrollment.  Thank you for your interest, and please consider applying for the fall semester of 2016 starting the first week of February 2016. 

For Current or Newly Admitted CSU Students: We're excited that you're interested in becoming part of the AAC community! Please visit our How To Apply Page for more information on how to prepare to submit your application.

For Faculty/Staff: If you are a faculty/teacher/staff/counselor and would like to nominate a student for participation in our program, please complete and submit our AAC Referral Formand we'll get in touch with the student you've nominated.

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis. In order to be considered for Spring 2016 AAC participation, applications and all necessary required documentation needed to be submitted by December 31, 2015.

 

The AAC Program Model

The AAC is designed to support a select group of CSU students from orientation through graduation. We have intentionally created programming to support the needs of our students from transition to college to career and graduate school preparation and everything in-between.

Once admitted to the AAC, students are expected to continue their participation until graduation.

AAC ARRIVE

The AAC Arrive 1st Year Program is designed for new AAC community members who are attending CSU as a first year college student. This track includes:

  • AAC Program Welcome - SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, January 23, 2016.  
  • Individual meetings with professional staff at least twice a semester for academic, personal, and social support
  • Weekly ARRIVE Seminar Series: Small group meetings for 12 weeks to ease the transition to college, familiarize students with campus resources, encourage campus involvement, develop academic strategies and build relationships among AAC students.
  • Required tutoring for a minimum of one class in the Fall.


The AAC Arrive Transfer or Continuing CSU Student Program is designed for new AAC community members who are transfer students or continuing CSU students joining the AAC for the first time. This track includes:

  • AAC Program Welcome - SAVE THE DATE - Saturday, January 23, 2016.
  • Individual meetings with professional staff at least twice a semester for academic, personal, and social support
  • ARRIVE Seminar Series: Small group meetings for 6-hours, broken up into either 2 or 3 day session, designed to ease the transition to CSU, familiarize students with campus resources, encourage campus involvement, strengthen academic strategies, and build relationships among AAC students

AAC THRIVE

After successfully completing your 1st semester with the AAC, you transition to our AAC Thrive Program for continuing AAC participants

  • Individual meetings with professional staff at least twice a semester for academic, personal, and social support
  • Attend at least two Community Learning Forums (CLF's) each semester which are based on student-identified topics of interest and needs of students throughout their college experience
    • CLF Topics Include: Budgeting Your Money, Study Abroad, Interview Attire & Etiquette, FAFSA & Scholarship Application Assistance, Resume Writing Assistance, and much, much more!

Additional Services for All AAC Students

  • Academic Tutoring
  • FAFSA & Financial Literacy Guidance & Support
  • Career & Graduate School Preparation
  • Pathways to Academic Success Seminar (for students who have a 2.0 CSU cumulative GPA or below)
  • Cultural Events, Community Services, and Celebrations!

First Generation College Student Stories..... watch stories and make your own!

Follow this link http://www.imfirst.org/landing/ to go to the I'm First Website (Center for Student Opportunity) which has stories of First Generation College Students..... including what they have learned about academic success and being the first person in their family to graduate from college. 

You can create your own story on the website too!

Find the AAC on Facebook!

Facebook

Did you know the AAC has a Facebook group? We do and we want you to join it! Our Facebook page is great way to find out what's going on in the AAC (workshops, programs, etc.), as well as a great place to get important CSU reminders and connect with other AAC participants.