What is Thrive?
Thrive is the nationally award-winning program that helps incoming qualified first year students develop the academic skills required to maintain the HOPE scholarship, integrate academically and socially to the university, progress toward graduation, and develop leadership skills. This is a free program that offers support to students as they transition into college by offering the best of academic strategies with innovative practices of student success.
Who is eligible?
To be eligible for this program, incoming first-year students must:
- have been admitted to KSU,
- be first-time, full-time KSU students (new to college, enrolling in 12 credit hours or more during the Fall 2016 semester),
- have scored at least an 18 math/18 verbal (20 composite score) on the ACT – AND/OR – at least 450 verbal/450 math (950 composite score) on the SAT (before March 2016), - AND/OR - on the new SAT (March 2016 or later) a total (1600 scale) of 1030+, Reading 25+, Math 490+, AND
- meet all eligibility requirements for the HOPE scholarship.
Does this program apply to students who have majors on the Marietta Campus?
Yes. Marietta campus students are welcome to participate. However, please note that:
- most Marietta majors don't require a First-year Seminar (FYS), but Thrive includes a first-year seminar as a required part of its Learning Community; so this course would add 3-credit hours to your degree program. And
- all elements of the program are held on the Kennesaw campus. Marietta majors in Thrive typically take classes on the Kennesaw campus at least two days a week, and are able to take major-related courses on the Marietta campus three days a week.
How do I apply?
Click here to apply to the program. Please read the directions on the application home page carefully before starting the application. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis.
Do Thrive students do better in college than other students?
Thrive students maintain the HOPE scholarship at substantially higher rates than demographically matched groups, the general KSU population, and college students in Georgia. In addition, Thrive students are more likely to earn higher grades, be retained (stay in college) at higher levels, earn the GPA necessary to maintain the HOPE scholarship, and progress more rapidly in academic standing (move from first-year student to sophomore, etc.).
Once accepted into Thrive, how long am I in it?
We say “Once a Thriver, always a Thriver,” which means that you are in the program as long as you are at KSU.
What are the program requirements?
To be in the Thrive program, students must commit to the following responsibilities and activities:
Pre-College (Spring and Summer 2017)
- KSU Backstage Pass (How to prepare for my first year in college) (APRIL 2017)
- Graduation Coaching Telephone or In-person Advising Sessions (MAY 2017)
- KSU Thrive Orientation and Fall Class Registration (JUNE 2017)
- College Knowledge Workshop & Advance (team building retreat, on-campus) (JULY 2017)
First Semester (Fall 2017)
- Thrive Learning Community (General Education Credit Courses), plus 2-3 additional General Education or major-related classes
- Thrive Graduation Coaching Fall Appointment (September or October)
Second Semester (Spring 2018)*
- Spring Thrive-in-Action Team Leadership Experience, on campus or in the community, under the guidance of the Center for Student Leadership
- Thrive Graduation Coaching Spring Appointment*
*If a student’s GPA falls below a 3.0 at the end of his/her first semester, s/he will attend bi-weekly Graduation Coaching meetings, from January – April 2017, to set and work toward academic goals focused on maintaining a HOPE eligible GPA. Not doing so will jeopardize his/her ability to register with other current KSU students for 2017 Summer and Fall classes. The goal – to keep HOPE and graduate in 4 years!
What is a Learning Community?
A learning community is 20-25 first-semester students who co-enroll in two or more courses that are linked together with a common theme. Some learning communities are for specific academic majors, such as business, nursing, education, or dance. Other learning communities are suitable for a variety of majors and carry themes ranging from “green” living, to social justice, to gender studies and more. The courses in learning communities count toward university degree requirements and are taught by faculty dedicated to helping new students achieve academic success.
What is Thrive-in-Action?
Thrive-in-Action will apply students KSU Seminar experience with a hands on community engagement program in order to better understand the importance of community engagement and grow towards active citizenship.
Where is Thrive housing?
Thrive housing, Leadership 6000, is located in University Village, building 6000.
Do I have to live in Thrive housing or can I live somewhere else on campus?
Living in Leadership 6000 is optional. However, we recommend that you do take advantage of the opportunity, if you are able.
If I commute, can I still be in Thrive?
Living on campus is not required as part of your commitment to Thrive.
If I already signed a contract for another building but decided I want to live in Thrive housing, can I switch buildings?
Yes, you need to be accepted into the Thrive program to do so. At that point you will need to send your name, KSU ID #, and building/room number to firstname.lastname@example.org with your request to change to the Leadership 6000 building.