TRIO Student Support Services at CSU


The Academic Advancement Center (A 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 TRIO 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. 

2014/2015 AAC Application Open Now

The Academic Advancement Center is currently accepting applications for new program participants in the 2014/2015 academic year. Spaces are limited. Interested students are encouraged to submit their applications (Click on How To Apply Link) by our deadline of July 1, 2014. New AAC Participants will be in one of our Arrive Community programs. Continuing AAC Participants will join our Thrive Community (brief descriptions below). 
Arrive (1st Year Students)
Early orientation  (August 20, 2014)
Attend a 12 week seminar series
Mandatory tutoring for one class
Meet with a staff member for two semester check-in meetings 
Arrive (Transfer Students & Continuing CSU Students)
Early orientation (August 24, 2014)
Attend a 6 week seminar series
Meet with a staff member for two semester check-in meetings
Continuing Thrive Students (continual support until graduation)
Meet with a staff member for two semester check-in meetings
Attend two Community Learning Forums each semester
Participate in optional cultural and social events


AAC  Participants and staff join a Self Defense Workshop with Sensei Mike Crist

We will be launching a new program for continuing AAC students in Fall 2014 - AAC THRIVE!   Check out our video with a preview of the AAC Thrive program.  

Have you joined our Facebook group
(link below) to stay up to date with reminders and events? You should....

For CSU Campus Partners: Use this Campus Referral Form for referring a student to the Academic Advancement Center. 

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

Follow this link 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!


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.