The PROMISE Program at Providence College assists high school seniors in preparing to transition to college. Rising seniors will take two Providence College courses—one writing and one academic skill-building —while also participating in workshops that address the college admission experience.
The writing course will help students build and sharpen skills that are vital to academic success. Assignments are also sequenced, allowing students to explore ideas and master basics before progressing to more formal, complex writing situations. The college skills course will help students develop skills and habits of mind that are integral to success in college. The course is built around four major themes: effective self-management, critical reading/thinking, academic research, and oral communication. The college admission portion of the program will focus on demystifying the admission process—helping students understand how to develop an application, make the most of the college admission process, and understand financial aid.
The ideal student for this program will be a rising senior and will have the academic skills to be college eligible, but would benefit from additional assistance to be fully college ready. This program is meant to serve students who may be at the lower end of the admission spectrum and thus may be academically at‐risk as freshmen. Students need to be motivated to improve their academic skills and committed to devoting two days a week (10:00 am to 4:30 pm) for five weeks.