The ISUcceed Program was created to assist students with the transition from high school to ISU.
ISUcceed addresses issues that commonly impede student success such as time management, engagement and study skills.
Through ISUcceed, students can develop strong academic study skills and develop leadership and professional skills that will help
them throughout college and beyond. Additionally, ISUcceed assists students who are facing academic difficulties.
The ISUcceed Program:
Involves and assists parents and/or guardians in the process of preparing their student for college.
Helps students transition from high school to college and adjust to the academic and social rigors of college life.
Guides and supports students as they learn to navigate the university and helps them develop positive academic strategies.
Helps students build leadership and professional skills.
Assists students who are facing academic difficulties or have been placed on academic probation.
ISUcceed is free of charge and open to all incoming freshmen students. Students will receive information about the program prior to new student orientation and can sign up for the program during orientation.
Summer Orientation Session
In this session, students learn about college life from upper classmen. New students are introduced to the ISUcceed program and staff; learn about college academic expectations, resources and, leadership opportunities to help them be successful. To register click here.
Program is held prior to first day of classes, helps new students to transition to ISU by introducing them to support resources and provides an opportunity to meet their graduate counselors as well as other new students.
TheISUcceed Scholars Program
Provides on-going social and academic support to students through bi-weekly meetings with graduate counselors, academic seminars, tutoring, leadership development and social activities.
The Refocus Component helps students who are placed on academic probation get back on track through intrusive counseling and academic seminars. It's about your future. Partner with the Charles E. brown Charles E. brown African American Cultural Center and experience success!
Tips From Former ISUcceed Students
Last Semester of High School
Learn to study
Don’t stress about what you need for your
dorm room, focus on your academics and
Find all the scholarships you can and apply
Make sure you have your financial aid
paperwork completed and turned in. You do
not want to have to stand in that long, long line at the
financial aid office.
Learn how to budget your money, regardless
of how much or how little you have. Budget your money.
Many schools want students to do community
service. Begin your community service during the summer prior to starting your freshman year so
that you can add on to your service hours.
Save your graduation money for textbooks
and other items you need.
Don’t buy everything on the checklist
(residence hall or stores). You don’t
need everything. Decide on your needs
and not your wants.
Talk to your roommate about the items both
of you will bring to the room. Also,
discuss likes and dislikes.
If at all possible, get to know your
roommate prior to moving in.
Save your quarters.
will need them for laundry.
Learn how to do your laundry.
Attend Summer Orientation
First Semester at ISU
There are lots of things to do the first
couple of weeks on campus – get out of your room,
participate and mingle.
Look into the registered student
organizations, attend their meetings and join them.
Do not stay in your room.
Learn how to speak with your professors.
too friendly with everyone.
You can be friendly without going overboard.
Understand that you will have to put much
more effort in your college work than what you did for high
Go to class!
Learn how to manage your time.
Get used to Blackboard and on-line courses.
You will have to do both.
Learn the lexicon (language)of ISU (ie.
HMSU = Hulman Memorial Student Union).
Culture shock is real.
ISU is very diverse.
Get used to people
who are different than you.
was not raised the same.
Don’t take things so seriously.
In other words, don’t let everything get you upset.
But at the same time, understand the
importance of serious issues and seek out help when needed.
Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
Know when to get help and do it.
Be discerning with your friendships.
Knowing a person’s character is important. Understand
the old saying “Birds of a feather flock together”.
Learn your resources and use them.
There are a lot at ISU such as tutoring, Math &
Writing Center, Career Center, African American Cultural
Center, ISUcceed Program, academic advisors, etc…)
Get to know your Resident Advisor (RA) and
your Academic Peer Advisor (APA)
Talk to people especially those on your
floor and in your hall.
Make sure you understand your Commons
Cash and your meal credits and know the difference.
Know how to budget your money
Buying things on campus is expensive.
Keep your budget in mind.
Don’t forget why you came to college (hint
– to get your degree)
Utilize the Rec Center
Don’t go home on the weekends.
There are lots of different things to do and free
activities (movies, sports, dances, etc…) on campus during
Learn the campus – use the map.
Don’t be afraid to be a freshman.
Lots of people want to help freshmen.
Go to campus activities and events
(lectures, concerts, etc…). This is part
Get out of your comfort zone
Join organizations but not too many.
Go to parties, but be responsible
Learn how to use social media
appropriately. Inappropriate words and
pictures can follow you for a long, long time.
Lose your high school way of thinking.
There is no detention in college.
In high school suspension is for a few days, in college it
is for a whole semester or longer and can hurt your chances
for a good job or to transfer to a new school.
Keep your neighborhood values at home.
In other words, what you used to do at home, may not
work here or even get you in trouble.
Don’t try to take care of home.
Keep your focus on school.
Don’t take all hard classes your first
semester. You need to get a good strong
gpa (grade point average) in your first semester.
Unlike high school, you can choose your
courses in college. Learn the course
requirements of your program then work with your academic
advisor to plan out your college career. Be an active participant and not a passive one.
Just because you can drop a course doesn’t
mean you should. However, if you are not
doing well in a course, do not be afraid to drop it.
Be prepared for the relationship with your
parents to change
Don’t give up even when you hit road
*All Academic Skills Workshops will be held at the Charles E. brown Charles E. brown African American Cultural Center
*Charles E. brown African American Cultural Center is handicapped accessible
Contact Info: Dr. Stephanie Jefferson
or (812) 237-3811
Charles E. brown African American Cultural Center Tutors
Tutor: LaKesha Denton
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri. 10am -
2pm Tues. Thurs.: 12pm - 6pm
Tutor: Olayinka Olowoyeye
Subject: Biology/ Chemistry
Hours: Mon-Tues: 5pm-8pm Wed: 4pm-8pm Thurs: 1pm-7pm