College Success

"This should absolutely be a required course of all new PSU students, including transfer students. The skills you learn are beneficial to everyone and the instructor was the best I have had at PSU!" - Student in winter 2016 course (comments from course evaluation).

What is College Success?

 College Success is a comprehensive (3-credit) course designed to enhance academic success by helping students identify barriers that hinder their ability to achieve their academic, personal and/or professional goals. Using guided, reflective journaling as a self-discovery tool, students explore the seven non-cognitive competencies: self-advocacy, confidence, emotional intelligence, resilience, perseverance, self-control, and growth mindset. In addition, College Success offers the opportunity to gain cognitive skills (study strategies) based on principles of learning and thinking, which students are encouraged to integrate and apply in order to become engaged, effective, and empowered learners.

Whether you are new to college, new to PSU (transfer student), or simply in need of a motivation jump start, there is much to gain from this course.  Lower and upper-division options available. 

Contact the Learning Center for more information at or check out our College Success FAQs.

College Success courses are listed under University Studies with the "UNST" prefix/subject indicator in Banweb.

College Success Spring 2020

College Success LATE START (3 credits, starting Monday, April 27th)
CRN 65095 (LS1 UNST 194)
CRN 65096 (LS3 UNST 394)
Mondays, 4:40  - 7:50 p.m. First class meets on April 27th and then 5 consecutive Mondays (6 weeks)
Instructor: Jenna Geracitano
Location: BDWY 224

NOTE: After the 1st week of spring term, permission is required to add this course. The course can be added until the first class meeting (April 27th) with a signature on a Special Registration Form or email response from either the instructor or approved LC personnel.  You may come in-person to the Learning Center, 2nd floor PSU Library or call (503) 725-4448 for more info. *Always check with Financial Aid or your academic adviser when dropping or adding courses after the financial aid deadline (end of week 2).

FAQs for College Success


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