College is all about discovering your potential.  But how do you effectively transition from high school?

One way eligible first-year students can gain assistance to successfully transition to KSU is through the Thrive Program.

The Thrive Program is a collaborative transition and retention initiative at KSU developed by the Department of First-Year and Transition Studies (Academic Affairs) and the Center for Student Leadership (Student Success). Thrive helps first-year students on state merit aid (those who have a 3.0 -3.49 high school GPA, ACT scores of at least 19 math and 20 verbal or SAT scores of at least 490 verbal and 460 math,and are eligible for HOPE) develop the academic skills required to maintain the HOPE scholarship, integrate academically and socially to university culture, progress toward graduation, and develop leadership skills.

Limited to 200 high school achievers, Thrive offers qualified first-year students the best of academic strategies with the innovative practices of student success. Students receive personalized attention from their First-Year professors and the Center for Student Leadership staff—both inside and outside the classroom—to ensure the best possible transition to Kennesaw State University.  Thrive students enjoy a myriad of benefits including:

·      customized leadership themed first-year seminars and learning communities         

·      pre-college academic workshops        

·      summer team-building retreat   

·      option to live on campus with other Thrive students 

·      dedicated Graduation Coach

·      trained peer leaders

·      out-of-class academic enrichment workshops

·      social opportunities and events

·      study groups, formal and informal

·      community service events

·      personalized academic advising and early registration

·      second semester co-curricular leadership skills development


To learn more about the Thrive Program, please contact the Thrive Team at or call 770-794-7801. 

Additionally you may register for Thrive Information Sessions via the links below:

January 16, 2014

January 21, 2014

January 30, 2014 (canceled)

February 4, 2014

February 13, 2014 (canceled)

February 18, 2014

February 27, 2014

March 4, 2014 (on campus session)

March 4, 2014 (live streaming session, click here)

March 25, 2014 

Unable to attend an information session? Please click on the links below for more information on the Thrive program. 

Applications for Fall 2014 are now closed


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