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Orientation 2014 Parent Session

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Student Success

on 14 July 2014

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Transcript of Orientation 2014 Parent Session

Insider Tips for a
Successful First Year Experience

Financial Information
Social Information
Academic Information
Family/General Information
FY to SO Retention

National Average - 79%

Saint Joseph's University - 89.4% (2013)
6 Year Graduation Rates

National Average - 59%

Saint Joseph's University - 78.4% (2013)
2013 Pre-Enrollment Survey Data

- 18.3%: I was able to do well in HS with minimal effort

- 91.4%: felt it somewhat or very likely to make Dean's List during the first semester (3.5 GPA)
- 25.5% actually made Dean's List
Study vs. Class Time Ratio

Suggested: 3 hours of study for every 1 hour in class
5 classes - 15 hours in class - 45 hours of study...60 total hours!

Reality: 20-25 hours of study time per week
University Connector -
Summer emails

Academic Advising
Academic Advisor for a declared vs. undeclared major
Academic Advisor vs. the Advising Centers
Support Services on Campus
Learning Resource Center
Writing Center
Career Development Center
Counseling & Psychological Services
Services for Students with Disabilities
Student Success & First Year Experience
Student Outreach and Support
The Rebound Program


All first year students who earn a GPA below
2.0 in their first semester

Self assessment, group workshops, and
individual mentor meetings

To get back on track academically
Potential merit scholarship implications
Summer Courses at SJU

Class grade will raise or lower cumulative GPA

D or better is a passing grade
Summer Courses elsewhere

Class grade does not effect GPA

Need to have a C or better in order for the grade to transfer back to SJU
Some Other Academic Points

Add/Drop (Sept. 2) vs. Withdrawal from a class (Oct. 24)

Taking 4 classes vs. 5 classes

Accommodations with Disabilities office need to be renewed each semester
Meeting People at College...

* 1,000+ Facebook friends but no one to eat lunch with

* Talk to people (limit Facebook, texting, etc.)
ex. cell phones in class, not meeting classmates

* Put yourself out there

* Keep making friends, don't limit yourself

* Video game console in the dorm room (not a great idea)
Weekend Listserv

Sponsored by WADE (Wellness, Alcohol, and Drug Education)
Emails sent out on Thursdays listing fun and free events on campus and in the local area
Students on the list are anonymous
Checking In Survey (Class of 2017)

56% - Social transition was somewhat/very easy

74% - Somewhat/very successful at making friends

71% - Somewhat/very successful at adjusting to the social environment
Greek Life at SJU

* Recruitment takes place in the Spring semester

* Culture at Saint Joseph's University

* 3 Fraternities and 5 Sororities to choose from

* Minimum GPA - 2.5
Iñigo First Year Experience

+ Iñigo vs. In. I. Go.
+ Goal is to create a sense of belonging for all first year students
+ Day of Service, Road Trip, 4 Halls, etc.
Tuition Bills

* Emailed to the student "" email address

* To add a parent email address (through MySJU):
Student Records & Payments
Student Bill
My Profile
Shared Access
Add Shared Access
Opportunities to lower costs...
Loyola Scholarship
Apply to become an RA
Merit Scholarship reductions

-Scholarships tied to a minimum GPA requirement

-Reductions are based on the academic year
-students can appeal after the Fall semester if their cumulative GPA rises above the minimum

-If a student's GPA falls below the minimum:
-20% reduction the first time
-Additional 5% reduction the second time

**Students will always have at least 75% of the original scholarship**
~~Financial Holds~~

An Unpaid tuition balance greater than $1,000 prevents students from registering for classes and receiving a transcript
Tuition Refund Schedule (20% reduction each week)
~applies to WD all classes or WD from SJU~

Before the end of Add/Drop (Sept. 2) = 100%

Each subsequent week = 20% less

After the 5th week = 0%
What is Tuition Insurance?

Tuition Insurance provides financial protection for students who need to Withdrawal from the University due to Injury, Sickness, or Mental Health Issues
Fall 2014 and Spring 2015
$460: Tuition, Activity Fee, Room and Board
$417: Tuition, Activity Fee and Room
$345: Tuition and Activity Fee
If the Withdrawal occurs during*:
Week 1-2
Week 3
Week 4
Week 5
Balance of Semester
University Refunds:
Tuition Insurance:
Student Receives:
Tuition: $40,420
Activity Fee: $160
Parent Access to Information (Yes or No - students select)
Financial Aid
Academic Information
Allows SJU employees to talk with parents

*Parent Community coming Fall 2014*
Time Management for Students

* Much more free time than in high school

* Need to know their sleep needs
A Need for Office Supplies...
*Planner *Scissors
*Stapler *Highlighter
*Paper Clips *Pens/Pencils
*Notebooks *Folders
Housing Agreement Release
-Students can request a release from their housing agreement for extraordinary circumstances
-Deadline during Fall is typically December 1st

-Open room change at beginning of the semester
Extended Absence
(Notification Policy for students missing extended class time)

+Send an email to

+Professors, Academic Advisor, Associate Dean, Advising Center, and Student are all notified

+Others as appropriate
No Car...No Privacy
Family Weekend (September 26-28, 2014)
Showing you their "home away from home"

Fall Break (October 13-14) - Monday and Tuesday

Thanksgiving Break (Begins November 26th)
Coming home to see their friends
Top 5 Leading Predictors of Student Success (in order)

1) Studying outside of the classroom
2) Alcohol consumption
3) Attending class
4) Volunteering
5) Watching TV / Online activity

Source: AlcoholEDU Survey 2012
Top 3 Takeaways from Today...

1) Encourage your son/daughter to get involved early at SJU
Activities Fair: Thursday, 8/28
Freshman Day of Service: Saturday, 8/30
1st Road Trip: Friday-Saturday, 9/19-20

2) Have a conversation this summer to set expectations and get everyone on the same page
Don't forget to pick up your
purple paper
before leaving

3) We're all here to help your son/daughter succeed
When in
~Scholarships are not increased for performing above the minimum GPA requirement

~Tuition generally increases 2-3% per year
*Exact dates for weeks and balance of semester TBD
Public Transportation
Overbrook train station
SEPTA buses

*Discount tickets available*
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