SYE - Sophomore Year Experience
The Sophomore Experience program is designed to retain sophomore students at Norfolk State University by providing innovative and intrusive academic advising, connecting students to campus resources, and developing programs that guide students towards declaration of a major and eventual graduation.
- Learn about campus resources
- Promote self-responsibility and decision making
- Utilize co-curricular activities NSU has to offer as a way to become engaged on campus
- Choosing a major, career, and/or internship
- Increasing their involvement in university clubs, organizations, community service and leadership opportunities
- Promote appropriate departmental advising support
- Provide services to undeclared sophomore students to increase major declaration by the second year.
- Develop proactive interventions and academic advising services to enhance the connection with targeted sophomore populations.
- Offer a variety of student support services and interactions that assist sophomore students in their progression toward graduation.
- Connect targeted student populations to career planning and career development information as provided through Career Services.
- Collaborate with key campus partners to serve on a steering committee in developing and promoting university-wide services to enhance the NSU experience, engagement, and retention of sophomore students.
- Welcome Back Celebration
- Majors Fair
- Majors Discussion Panel
- Academic Skills Seminar
- Speaker Series
- Sophomore Summit
- Sophomore Half Way Celebration
- Rising Sophomores Ignite Your Future Program
- Summer Bridge (S.P.A.R.C.)
The Norfolk State University (NSU) S.P.A.R.C. Summer Bridge Program is a four-week, non-residential program that allows select first-time freshmen students to experience the NSU environment prior to entering the fall term. The Spartan Success Center is responsible for administering the program. On-campus accommodations for students are available upon request and at the individuals’ expense. The S.P.A.R.C. Summer Bridge Program provides tuition and textbooks for the selected participants.
The program's staff includes advisors, peer mentors/tutors, and other residential counselors who are NSU students. Tutors provide tutorial assistance to individuals or small groups during designated study hours. The mentors, counselors and tutors possess records of academic success, a familiarity with the University, strong interpersonal skills, and a willingness to work with and act as positive role models for summer bridge students.
The students invited to participate in the summer bridge program have been admitted to the University for the upcoming fall semester, and would benefit from academic strengthening in the areas of English, Mathematics, or Computer Literacy. Success in learning the content of these courses is a prerequisite for success in core courses at the university level.
The S.P.A.R.C. students will bridge the gap between high school and college through academic coursework and the opportunity to build relationships and network with students, faculty and staff. All students will take two of the four courses available from the following list of courses:
- Introduction to Communications
- Communication Skills
- Elementary Algebra
- Computer Literacy
Who is Eligible for This Program?
First time, first year freshmen admitted to NSU for the upcoming fall semester are invited to participate based on test scores (SAT/ACT) and high school grade point average.