Summer Bridge

The Summer Bridge (PRELUDE) Program is designed to assist students in developing their basic reading, writing and mathematics skills in order to enter college on track. The PRELUDE program has a STEM focus and is a two-week skills immersion program where students live on campus and receive instruction, tutorial support and computer assisted instruction.  Additionally, offers students the chance to experience campus life, engage in culturally enriching experiences and receiving mentoring from faculty, staff and experienced students. The PRELUDE program provides students a pre-college experience prior to the beginning of the fall semester to bolster their skills and confidence in their ability to be successful in college. These students also have an assigned team of mentors throughout the school year.

New Student Orientation

Every fall, Florida Memorial receives new First-Time Freshmen and Transfer students. New Student Orientation (NSO) introduces students to the university, acquaints them with services and staff important to their development and retention, provides walking tours, and helps to ease the transition to campus. Beyond the admissions process, NSO is the university’s first point of contact with incoming freshmen. New students come from all over the world, the nation and the Caribbean. NSO helps students to transition to university life. It is the first stage of the First Year Experience.

New Student Orientation (NSO) is an annual collaboration between Academic Affairs (CASR) and Student Affairs and the primary goal is to acquaint students and their families with the university and its resources. A student’s success depends heavily upon his or her ability to adjust to college life and navigate the classroom, financial aid services and the academic support networks available throughout the campus. Students should also know where to find help when needed. FMU provides a wide range of student support services. NSO, students are introduced to these services and are provided with information from every office that may prove beneficial to their success. For further information on NSO, please contact Dr. Jeffrey Dean Swain, CASR Director, through Ms. Iris Carpio, Support Services Specialist, at 305-626-3662 or

Fall Convocation

Fall Convocation takes place in early September. It is the university’s official welcoming of students in the Academy. Convocation is the second stage of the First-Year Experience in acquainting students with the formal history of Florida Memorial University. It reminds them that education is a privilege and not a right. Convocation is also used nationally as the official day for welcoming new students. The entire university participates in a graduation-style setting for this purpose.

University 101

First-Year Experience (FYE) a continuum of reinforcing experiences that help students to transition from high school to college. University 101 is a course designed to help students fully transition and to help them do so successfully. Taught primarily by CASR staff and faculty, University 101 helps new students become collegians. The course convenes each Tuesday at 9:25 am – 10:40 am. Using a syllabus and Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) resources, University 101 includes studies in the history of Florida Memorial University, critical thinking, personal development and etiquette, career planning, entrepreneurship, classroom success skills and leadership. These topics are taught during the first semester in a three credit hour course. All new students required to enroll in this course. If you have questions regarding University 101, please contact the Centers for Academic Support & Retention at 305-626-3662.

Retention and Intervention

One of the primary goals of the CASR is to ensure that new students persist toward graduation. Retention is measured by whether a freshmen returns for his or her sophomore year. Re-enrollment is the goal of retention for all classifications of students. Retention is a comprehensive network of activities that help student persist by directing them toward university resources that can help them through academic, social and emotional crises. Retention is the responsibility of everyone in every office in the university; however, by virtue of its unique position as the entry point for new students, the CASR has a unique role in leading in this area.

Retention requires early intervention. The key to intervention is the ability to identify at-risk students at the earliest possible time. At-risk students are those whose academic indicators (attendance, classroom performance, etc.) suggest they may fall out of “Good” Academic Standing. These students are targeted from admissions to testing. These are the two foremost points of contact with students. The Office of Admissions receives applications, grades and/or transcripts for new students and SAT/ACT scores.

If our services are properly integrated and everyone does his job well, then more students stay until they graduate. Our mission is not to simply see them survive as freshmen. FMU’s ultimate goal is to see them don caps and gowns and march across the stage while ecstatic family members rejoice in the stands. Graduation is the ultimate goal of retention practices but there can be no graduation without retaining students. First-Year retention is a primary indicator of success toward graduation.