Office of Academic Services

First Year Retention Programs


The First Year Retention Programs are a system of retention management measures focused on working with first year students most in need of academic guidance and support as determined by their first semester performance.

Goals of the First Year Retention Programs include:

  • Increasing the first year to sophomore year persistence rate for students with the most severe academic standing deficiencies after a first semester of enrollment
  • Assist students identified as being at risk, by using a professional assessment tool to determine specific risk factors, and making direct connections with specifically-targeted resources at Rutgers based on those risk factors

There are two major programs: First Year Retention Program (FRP) and Academic Success Seminar (ASSP). All eligible students are automatically enrolled in one of the two programs in the spring semester of their first year.

Quotes from students who have benefited from First Year Retention Programs:

"I think the most helpful part out of [the Freshman Retention Program] was the advisor. Although there are people like that throughout the campuses who are hired to speak with students like myself, it was never an easy step to take for me, until of course I was forced to do it."

"I am satisfied about the program in general, and I am glad I didn’t take it for granted. It helped me learn to speak up and ask questions about my education. So basically this program kind of helped me through a blossoming period."

"…by meeting with the advisor, I had to effectively break down and understand what went wrong last semester and really look at how to make things better, which I have been doing. Therefore my progress this semester has been tremendous because I am learning to balance everything together and be consistently effective."



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