Promise Scholars’ First Year Experience

Make the most of your first year of college! As a Promise Scholar, you’ll get your very own dedicated support team and activities to help you start and stay on track to achieve your dreams of transferring to a four-year college or university.

Success Team

  • Educational Coach – Get the support you need every step of your way toward success—guidance, tutoring and much more.
  • Peer Mentor – Will help you navigate your experience in your new college environment.
  • Academic Counselor – Will help you create an educational plan so that you know the right classes to take.


  • Learning Communities – Find your home amongst students and faculty who share similar interests.
  • Summer Math and English Jams (Recommended) – Get ready for your fall classes with pre-semester academic support.
  • Promise Scholars Student Club – Make new friends, explore your interests and develop new skills. Summer Institute One week program to help you transition to college.

First Year Experience Courses

First SemesterSecond SemesterSummer
Counseling 120 – Managing College Success + Life Transitions  (Required/3 units) 


Counseling 130 – Career + Major Exploration (Required/1.5 units) 

Counseling 103B – Ensuring Transfer Success (Recommended/1.5 units)

Counseling 140 – Job Search Strategies (Required 1.5 units) 


Promise Scholar Application, Eligibility + Participation Requirements

  • Earn a high school diploma or equivalent from a West County High School or be a Richmond Promise Scholarship Recipient.
  • Submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a California Dream Act application (CADA).
  • Complete an educational plan.
  • Submit a Promise Scholar application by August 27, 2018.
  • Attend an information session.
  • Attend Summer Institute program (1 week duration, M-F, August 2018).
  • Take a full-time course load (12+ units) each semester.
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA.
  • Complete English and math courses.
  • Complete all mandatory program activities.
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