CONNECT is an undergraduate academic support, social integration and retention program for students who apply for the UNH Opportunity Grant. In 1994, the Black Student Union requested a freshmen orientation program for students of color to better acclimate them to the University of New Hampshire climate and culture…And CONNECT was born!
CONNECT is primarily concerned with helping students transition from high school to college and college to graduation. Through academic support, social programs and collaborations with key UNH resources, our goal is to support students as they complete their undergraduate degree. Our secondary goal is to provide professional growth, development and experiences so students are adequately prepared to enter a career upon graduation.
CONNECT creates a home away from home – a welcoming, supportive and friendly atmosphere for students of color. A students’ initial experience at college –often the first hours- shapes academic performance and social adjustment. CONNECT assures that these experiences are positive.
Research indicates 1st year students face a number of issues when transitioning from high school to college including: Home sickness, time management, budgeting, understanding differences between professors and teachers, how to study for tests, how to best navigate a new environment, and self-regulation (getting enough sleep, properly eating, etc.).
CONNECT is a three tiered program consisting of:
- An all expenses paid program that occurs the week before classes begin. We provide multicultural freshmen and transfer students with a jump start on college life through a combination of residential living, recreational activities, special seminars on college life, and study strategies workshops to prepare students for the rigors of college life.
- Participants in the summer portion can continue to received academic and social support by way of the peer mentors in the program. We provide office hours, academic coaching on time management, study strategies, etc.
- We provide academic coaching, personal and professional development to upperclass students. This may consist of graduate school application assistance, letters of recommendation, referals to campus resources, tracking of course completion and graduation targets.
During portion, incoming freshmen and transfer multicultural students can expect:
- Move into fall housing before the other students get to campus
- Meet UNH officials, faculty, staff, academic advisors, upper-level students and peer mentors
- Learn about essential academic and student support services
- Learn success strategies from multicultural upper-level students
- Participate in a number of fun off campus activities, team-building exercise; and
- Make lots of friends before classes begin!
During the academic year, CONNECT participants can expect:
- Academic Coaching
- Academic Success Plan
- Advocacy & Support Services
- Campus Survival Skills
- Career Development
- Direct links to key UNH Resources
- Peer Mentors
- Social & Cultural Activities (on and off campus)
- Study Tables or Office Hours
- About Us
- Peer Mentors
- Study Strategies
- CONNECT Application
- CONNECT STEM