Guide, Persist, Succeed (GPS) Program

Program Description

The Guide, Persist, Succeed (GPS) Program in the Multicultural Retention Services department offers general academic support to students who are first-generation, low-income and from diverse and multicultural backgrounds. The program will aid you throughout your college experience by providing general academic advising, connections with a diverse and multicultural on-campus community, and referrals to campus and community resources. The Guide, Persist, Succeed Program is for students who are not currently enrolled in one of the following DMSS transition programs: ACCESS, Diversity Scholars, GANAS, NDNSS, Empower, or SSS-TRIO.


  • Low-income (federally defined) and/or;
  • First-generation (neither parents has a 4-year college degree from a U.S university) and/or;
  • From a diverse and/or multicultural background;
  • Undergraduate Student (completing first bachelor’s degree);
  • New or Continuing Student at PSU not currently enrolled in a DMSS transition program. 

Students enrolled in the Guide, Persist, Succeed Program will receive the following services: 

  • Designated DMSS advisor
  • General academic advising
  • Assistance setting goals and creating academic plans
  • Assistance navigating and transitioning to PSU
  • Various workshops
  • Informed of cultural DMSS programs & events
  • Referrals to on and off campus resources
  • Access to the DMSS computer lab

To apply, please go to the Guide, Persist, Succeed Program Application.

All students who apply to the GPS program will receive an intake appointment to discuss program details.Please note: Students who apply to this program are require to meet with an assigned Multicultural Retention Services advisor at least twice per year to be eligible to receive the above services.