This semester-long partnership offers students the opportunity to work one-on-one with an assigned coach.  Together, the student and coach develop an individualized learning plan to apply appropriate strategies and to empower students to make a smooth transition to the college learning environment. Coaching sessions coincide with the start of classes and take place each week over the 16-week semester.  Each weekly session is 50 minutes.

A coach will monitor course progress, explore barriers to success, encourage self-advocacy and heighten personal accountability.  A coach will help the student achieve success by helping with organization, encouraging perseverance, and strengthening study skills.

This fee-based program is open to first-year students at Saint Joseph's University.  The cost to work with a coach is $975/semester for one session weekly and $1,950/semester for twice weekly sessions.  Limited financial support is available based on demonstrated family need.  An application is required.

Here is what 2018-2019 coaching students had to say about the program:

  • "[My coach] was absolutely amazing. She really helped me to get through the first semester of my freshman year without getting too overwhelmed about anything."
  • "[Coaching] really helped me to build self-confidence and learn that I am smarter than I think I am. It also helped me to stay on top of my work."
  • "We worked as a team to organize my week. This organization helped a ton to relieve stress and pushed me to manage my time better throughout the semester."
  • "I learned how to take initiative and solve problems myself after a little push from my coach."