Project Success

Entering First-Year Students


Project Success has historically been a first-year summer bridge program where students arrive on campus early to transition, engage with faculty and staff, and immerse themselves within the ISU community.

Historically, as part of this program students could expect to

  • Participate in a living learning community that supports both social and academic success
  • Establish relationships with faculty, staff, and administrators from across campus
  • Build a supportive peer network
  • Learn about campus resources
  • Engage with an upper-class peer mentor
  • Start their course early so they can acclimate to college level classroom expectations
  • Begin a comprehensive career readiness program linked to their Project Sucess course
  • Introduce high impact learning experiences including but not limited to community engagement, experiential learning, undergraduate research, and study abroad activities.

Students who chose to participate in Project Success had a rentention rate of 75.23% compared to those who were eligible to participate, but chose not to, who had a rentention rate of 55.78%. This means that the students who did participate were almost 20% more likely to be connected and successful at ISU than those who did not choose to participate.

Because of the success of Project Success students, ISU has received a $2.5 million dollar "Charting the Future" grant from the Eli Lilly Foundation to enhance the Project Success program and turn it into a 4-year success program for those who qualify.

Who qualifies? 2.5 - 3.25 High School GPA and some or all of the following:

  • Ethnic/racial minority
  • Pell grant funded
  • First-Generation Student
  • 21st Century Scholar

How it Works

Project Success Bridge Week

All Project Success participants will engage in a 5-day workshop before the start of the semester (Aug 8th – 12th) to help them acclimate to campus, start building social and academic networks, and learn about the various resources and meet people at ISU who can help them on their academic journey.

The program will continue throughout the fall semester with a freshman transition course specifically for the program participants. Credit is received after completion of the course.

Project Success is a semester long program for students who want to enhance their academic performance and get a head start on the collegiate experience. 

College is different than high school. Expectations and requirements for studying are more demanding. Unfortunately, some students struggle early in their college career with understanding these differences and achieving academically. Don't be one of them.

Why Attend

Project Success is a great opportunity for first-year students to get a jump-start on college, develop skills that will help them achieve their academic and personal goals, and get ready to be successful college students.

Students who participate in Project Success will...

  • Build a supportive peer network
  • Establish relationships with ISU faculty and staff
  • Learn about campus resources and utilize them when necessary
  • Understand academic expectations and cultural differences between high school and college
  • Develop skills that will transfer to their other courses and beyond

Student participating in Project Success will start one of their fall semester classes early. Often students do not fully realize how different the academic experience between high school and college is until they are already deep into the semester. This course is designed to bridge the gap between the high school and college experiences. Students will begin their personal narrative starting on day one and will learn how to be intentional in developing their new identity both on and offline. This course will explore how to make the most out of college through personal connections with peers, mentors, faculty, and other staff on campus who are here to support students through their four years at Indiana State University. The purpose of starting this class early is to help Project Success students adjust to and feel comfortable in the university academic environment so that when they start the rest of their classes they are prepared for the differences they will experience.

The total cost of the Project Success program is $75, due when registering for the program.

Space is limited so reserve your spot today. 

Living-Learning Community

Project Success students will be in a living-learning community where you will live on the same floor within a residence hall and be paired with another Project Success student. The floor will be staffed by both a Residential Peer Mentor and a Resident Assistant to provide peer support during your first year inside and outside the classroom.

The benefits of participating in the Project Success living-learning community are: 

  • enhanced academic and social opportunities
  • improved GPA,
  • improved connection to faculty,
  • greater involvement in learning,
  • increased satisfaction with your ISU experience, and.
  • increased persistence to graduation


Project Success students will have a Residential Peer Mentor and an Alumni Mentor who will support them all four years to assist in their transitions and college life adjustments.  

Benefits of Mentoring
  • Gain practical advice, encouragement, and support.
  • Learn from the experiences of others.
  • Increase your social and academic confidence.
  • Become more empowered to make decisions.
  • Develop your communication, study, and personal skills.
  • Develop strategies for dealing with both personal and academic issues.

Career Readiness

The primary focus of Project Success is to help students graduate in 4 years and gain rewarding employment post-graduation.  Career readiness is essential. In this process, we will partner closely with the ISU Career Center all four years to help Project Success students develop skills and prepare for their internships and future careers.

Participants will engage comprehensive career readiness practices that will include, but not be limited to job shadowing, internships, career exploration through FOCUS 2 career development program, and coursework dedicated to professional presence, networking, and skills articulation.  Professional skills will be supplemented with career readiness software, alumni mentoring and student employment opportunities related to their career field.  Additionally, participants will participate in career counseling in conjunction with coursework.

Exclusive Experiences

Participants will participate in developmentally appropriate, intentional high impact practices, which will include, but not be limited to, ISU’s Donaghy Community Service Day, Career Center Networking, Domestic or International Cross-Cultural Experience, Alternative Break (Fall, Spring, or Summer) Internship or Shadowing Experience, and Culminating Research Presentation tied to UC 410.

Scholarship Eligibility

Qualifying Project Success participants will receive a $75 scholarship to attend Project Success Bridge week, which brings the cost of attendance from $150 to $75 per student to be paid at program registration.

Participants who complete the second academic year and are in good academic standing may apply for one of ten (10) full-tuition scholarships that cover both their junior and senior years.

Housing and Dining

Project Success students who will be living on campus will be housed on floors together in our recently renovated residence halls All rooms are double-occupancy and the building has laundry and kitchen facilities on the mezzanine, as well as study and social lounges on every floor.. All meals will be provided during the 5 day workshop and then students will utilize their meal plan once they become active on August 13, 2021. Please complete the housing contract, choose the Project Success learning community, submit the payment of $20 application fee, and pay your enrollment deposit of $100. 

We will automatically pair you with a student who is also participating in Project Success.

Prior to the program, students will receive communication from Residential Life with details and instructions regarding housing.

Note: Students will have access to ISU facilities, including Hulman Memorial Student Union, the Cunningham Memorial Library, and the Student Recreation Center, which features a lap pool, leisure pool, 22-person spa, cardio and strength conditioning equipment, and a three-court gymnasium.

Move-In Information

  • Check-In: August 8, 2021, specific details will be provided in July

Refund Policy

Please note: the $75 Project Success program registration fee is non-refundable after July 1, 2021.

Office of Admissions
Indiana State University
318 North Sixth Street
Terre Haute, Indiana 47809
(812) 237-2121

Student Feedback on Project Success

What was your favorite part of Project Success overall? 

  • I liked that I came to college a week earlier
  • My favorite part was making new friends and during the first week getting to go to all the different activities.
  • I liked the fact that we were able to get on campus early and experience everything ourselves first before the first week.
  • I loved how I was able to get ahead of the game. 

What was your least favorite part of Project Success?

  • For the first week I only knew one person and I was afraid to make new friends.
  • Nothing.  I loved everything about it.  It was well work the money and time.
  • I don’t think I have a least favorite part of the program.

Would you recommend Project Success to incoming students?  Why?

  • Yes, because the course helped see the world a little different and it helped me get ready for the next 4 years.
  • Yes, Project Success has helped me overcome and learn a lot.  It has helped me study and prepare for my classes more and be more social.
  • Yes.  It allows an early look at what college is like and gives you what strategies for different things that students have used in the past and gotten success from.
  • Yes, I think it’s a great opportunity for freshmen.
  • I would.  It definitely gave me a jump on things such as time management and ability to make friends.

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