The CSP services begin prior to the Fall semester with an orientation session for entering first-year students. The goals of the orientation are to introduce students to the campus and to prepare them for the transition to college.
The CSP coordinator works with students and staff throughout each semester to identify and address individual and academic, social, and life skills needs.
Throughout the year, students have frequent contact with the CSP Coordinator and their mentors. Contact will occur in both individual and group settings. Students are expected to actively participate in CSP services.
Student Services Include:
- Pre-Fall Semester Orientation (first-year students only)
- Individual counseling (as needed)
- Weekly skills group focusing on academic, social, daily life skills, and cultural supports
- Weekly support group focusing on perceptions of college life and being a college student
- Liaison support with faculty, staff and university departments
- Supported community outings
Graduate mentors providing:
- Live-in residence hall support
- Supervised study sessions (five per week)
Undergraduate peer mentors providing:
- Support navigating the campus and its culture
- Support developing peer relationships
CSP Program Fee
The fee for the College Success Program is $4000 per semester. This cost is in addition to tuition, room and board, student activity and other customary fees charged by Eastern University. Full payment is due prior to the beginning of each semester. The program fee is not covered by Eastern University's Tuition Remission Program. Read the CSP Fee Refund Policy.
Staff includes the CSP Coordinator, CSP Graduate Mentors, and CSP Undergraduate Peer Mentors.
Sharon Thompson, PhD is the College Success Program Coordinator. As the Coordinator, Dr. Thompson trains and supervises the CSP staff, provides direct services to students enrolled in the program, and serves as liaison between the CSP and other Eastern University faculty and staff. Dr. Thompson earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from The University of North Texas, a Master of Science degree in Psychology from Iowa State University, and a Doctoral degree in Counseling Psychology from Iowa State University. She is a Licensed Psychologist in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. She has enjoyed working with individuals living with Autism Spectrum Disorder throughout her career.