Benefits and Results

Thrive students maintain the HOPE scholarship at substantially higher rates than demographically matched groups, the general KSU population, and college students in Georgia!

Benefits:

Benefits

  • Personal Graduation Coach all four years.
  • Early registration the first semester.
  • Campus and peer connections.
  • Leadership development.

They also:

  • are part of Thrive Learning Communities, which include a first-year seminar,
  • have trained peer leaders in the first-year seminars,
  • participate in weekly study sessions,
  • have the opportunity to live in the Leadership residential community with other Thrive students (University Village 6000),
  • take part in community service projects,
  • are offered social opportunities and events, and
  • participate in co-curricular leadership initiatives.

Results:

ResultsThrive students are more likely to:

  • earn higher grades,
  • be retained (stay in college) at higher levels,
  • earn the GPA necessary to maintain HOPE scholarship eligibility,
  • progress more rapidly in academic standing (move from first-year student to sophomore, etc).

What do students say about Thrive?

Benefits and Results

  • Thrive made a large campus more personal by establishing a sense of belonging.
  • Thrive engendered a desire to graduate from Kennesaw State University.
  • Social connections with Thrive peers enhanced their academic and social success.
  • A majority of students said they felt “comforted” knowing a graduation coach was available to them.
  • Students who used graduation coaching frequently attributed a great deal of their success to coaching: “It kept me on track.”
  • KSU 1200 (first-year seminar with a leadership theme) helped them develop leadership and conflict resolution skills.
  • Students loved the Thrive “Advance” (pre-college team-building retreat), reporting that it boosted their confidence, reduced their anxiety about starting college, fostered friendships, and helped them become familiar with the campus.
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