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Student Equity, Access & Success

Success Communities

Success, or learning communities, are small, supportive groups of first-year students, within the larger university setting, who share similar academic interests and goals for college.

Joining a learning community in the College of Science and Mathematics, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Liberal Arts, or College of Management is optional but highly recommended, as it is a great way to transition to college life.

How can you benefit?

  • You receive one-on-one advising with program staff.
  • You are enrolled into classes designed to help you start on track in your college.
  • You have the opportunity to meet other students in your college right away.
  • You enjoy co-curricular programming inside and outside the classroom.

College of Science and Mathematics

Freshman Success Communities

Start on track and stay on track in the College of Science and Mathematics. The Freshman Success Community program is designed for full-time freshmen ready to take a full set of introductory science courses. As an FSC member, you will be able to

  • Enroll in the same two or three core courses, grouped by academic discipline
  • Receive priority enrollment in major courses
  • Connect with university resources to find research and career-enrichment opportunities

College of Nursing and Health Sciences

First Year Scholars Program

Recognizing that a student’s first year of college can be the most challenging and intimidating, the College of Nursing and Health Sciences, in partnership with Harvard Pilgrim, presents the First Year Scholars Program (formerly SAIL). This freshman learning community enhances support for CNHS students through both social and academic support throughout your first year. You will take your courses knowing you have dedicated support from CNHS Student Services, faculty, Harvard Pilgrim, and peer mentors. Participants are only recruited in the fall semester during orientation.

College of Liberal Arts 

CLA First!

For all incoming students enrolled in any CLA major or still undecided, CLA First! cohort groups make a large university feel a bit more like home. The courses fulfill general education and/or major requirements and give you the opportunity to mingle with other students in the program. Start Smart!, a series of academic and social workshops, helps you build strong connections to university resources, your classmates, and your academic advisor, making it easier for you to stay on track for a successful UMass Boston experience.

College of Management

Management LEAD

Management LEAD is a four-semester program in which all the courses you take fulfill requirements for the management degree and enable you to graduate from the College of Management in four years. The Management LEAD community gives you the opportunity to develop close friendships with peers and connect quickly with the college through co-curricular programming from Peer LEADers. The College of Management learning community is open to any incoming student in CM who has fewer than 30 transfer credits.