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EDGE and ESA
Thomas College early start programs are designed specifically for first-year students and offer opportunities to jump start their transitions to Thomas College. This free program equips students with the tools they need to tackle academic coursework, manage the transition into their new roles as college students, navigate campus resources, prepare for internship and career opportunities, and much more.
The early start programs kick off with an eleven-day early start intensive prior to the start of the fall term. They include an intensive course that counts toward graduation requirements, academic coaching, and the students will receive one of their most expensive books as part of their academic success workshops.
During the school year, the early start experience and the friendships made with classmates are important sources of support for students. The early start programs help students manage their time, set goals, learn the ropes, and take on new challenges and leadership roles. One-on-one academic coaching by the academic coaches in the Student Success Center help students to stay on track in classes, maintain GPA and scholarship requirements, take advantage of resources at Thomas, and overcome obstacles to personal and academic success.
The early start options for this year will run August 21-August 31, 2019.
What do students have to say?
“I would definitely talk to incoming first-year students about applying.”
“I thought it helped me get prepared for college life.”
“Great experience and I’d definitely recommend any incoming first-year student to do it!
“It is a great way to make friends and get used to the campus.”
“I really enjoyed the program and I learned a lot. I think the program was very helpful.”
“Challenging, but worth it.”
“It allowed the transition to college to be much smoother.”
“Glad I took this opportunity!”
“There was a lot to do, but I feel like I accomplished something.”