Program Expectations

Program expectations listed below are organized by semester and year at the University. 

Be certain you understand and meet these expectations in order to maintain your $1,000 scholarship in your first and last year.

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Before Classes Start

Year One

Register for a minimum of 13 credits per semester
Some students may be exempt from this expectation. Students should speak with their assigned academic advisor if they think this applies to them.

Maintain satisfactory academic progress

Meet regularly with assigned academic advisor

Attend expected number of semester peer mentor meetings
Most students are expected to meet with an assigned peer mentor twice per semester in years one and two. However, some students have different expectations. Peer mentors will inform students of their semester meeting expectations.

Submit a PES Plan in the fall and spring semesters
Thinking, writing, and talking about goals and goal-oriented action steps help people overcome obstacles and achieve. This is why students are expected to submit a PES Plan each semester! Peer mentors will elaborate further on the purpose of (and expectations for) PES Plans in their one-on-one meetings with students.

Year Two

Register for a minimum of 13 credits per semester
Some students may be exempt from this expectation. Students should speak with their assigned academic advisor if they think this applies to them.

Maintain satisfactory academic progress

Meet regularly with assigned academic advisor

Attend expected number of semester peer mentor meetings
Most students are expected to meet with an assigned peer mentor twice per semester in years one and two. However, some students have different expectations. Peer mentors will inform students of their semester meeting expectations.

Submit a PES Plan in the fall
Thinking, writing, and talking about goals and goal-oriented action steps help people overcome obstacles and achieve. This is why students are expected to submit a PES Plan each semester! Peer mentors will elaborate further on the purpose of (and expectations for) PES Plans in their one-on-one meetings with students.

Submit your three PES High Impact Activities in the spring
Decades of research show positive learning and success outcomes for students who participate in high impact activities. High impact activities include, but are not limited to:

If you can place an item in question on your résumé as a significant, elongated experience, it likely counts as a high impact activity.

Students can find additional ideas at engage.umn.edu.