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UCM Advantage

Comprehensive Access and Completion

UCM Advantage is a comprehensive college access and completion program. The program offers an exciting opportunity for first-year students who demonstrate promise but may not meet traditional admission criteria: the experience of attending a four-year university with the individualized supports needed to succeed. Students in the program are supported from their first semester through graduation.

Participants in the program will have several advantages over traditionally admitted students at UCM, including unique opportunities to get involved on campus, assistance with finding on-campus employment, access to a learning specialist and support team who understand individual student needs, targeted academic coursework, tutoring and workshops, mentors and mentoring opportunities, and financial awards.

Eligibility and Requirements

In order to become eligible for the UCM Advantage Program, you must be an incoming first-year student who has already submitted an application for admission to UCM. Students who become eligible for this program will receive a letter of invitation.

Once admitted, the UCM Advantage Program faculty and staff will get to know you and your academic goals, set up a plan for your success, and provide you with many advantages over traditionally admitted students.

  • Attend the UCM Experience Kickoff prior to the start of fall semester.
  • Comply with UCM policies regarding acceptable behavior both in and outside of class.
  • Maintain a minimum 2.0 GPA or higher.
  • Enroll as a full-time student (12-15 credit hours).
  • Maintain an 85% attendance rate in classes.
  • Meet regularly with a learning specialist or support team member to complete an individualized learning plan so that you complete your degree on time.
  • Participate in UCM Advantage program workshops, activities and events.
  • Comply with UCM policies regarding acceptable behavior both in and outside of class.

UCM Advantage Program FAQs

Who is eligible for the UCM Advantage Program?

A select group of first-year students who demonstrate promise but may not meet traditional admission criteria are invited to apply each year. Seating in this program is limited, and not all interested students will be admitted.

How will this program benefit me?

UCM Advantage Program students receive many advantages over traditionally admitted students including unique opportunities to get involved on campus, assistance with locating on campus employment, access to a learning specialist and support team who understand individual student needs, targeted academic coursework, tutoring and workshops, mentors and mentoring opportunities, and financial awards.

What does the program cost?

There is no cost to the student to join UCM Advantage beyond standard tuition and fees. During the first semester probationary period, UCM Advantage students may not be eligible for some scholarships. However, UCM’s Student Financial Services can provide information about other forms of assistance.

What can I expect from the program staff?

At the beginning of the semester, you will meet the learning specialist who will work with you to fill out an individualized learning plan that may include set study hours, tutoring, supplemental instruction, or other academic supports. Program staff will check in with you often, suggest or require certain campus activities, and determine how to best support students’ individual needs. Above all else, they will get to know you and help you reach your academic goals.

How do I tell UCM that I want to be part of the UCM Advantage Program?

If you received an invitation letter, just fill out the UCM Advantage Program application. Once your application has been reviewed, you’ll receive additional information concerning your admission status.

What will my first semester look like?

  • Participate in the UCM Experience Kickoff
  • Meet with a Learning Specialist
  • Develop your individual learning plan
  • Participate in targeted support classes
  • Complete all requirements of your learning plan

What will the next few years look like?

UCM Advantage students will continue to receive academic support and access to Learning Specialists. Out of class activities such as workshops, internships, and service learning experiences will be offered to students in the program. Additionally, upper class Advantage students will have the opportunity to mentor incoming students. All students continuing in the program may be eligible for financial awards.

Does this program replace orientation?

No, orientation is essential. It provides students with an opportunity to receive their schedules and make final plans for the fall semester. It also provides an opportunity to become familiar with the campus. Students in the UCM Advantage Program are encouraged to attend orientation in June.

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