FOCUS students must meet two types of program requirements each year:
- Academic requirements
- Participation requirements
Academic requirements are associated with the Regents' Scholarship requirements and are reported to the office of Scholarships & Financial Aid.
Participation requirements are tracked by FOCUS Staff through the LAUNCH office.
All FOCUS students must:
- Have and maintain at least a 2.0 GPR
- Meet the 30-60-90 rule
- Be enrolled in at least 12 credit hours each semester
- Be enrolled in a FOCUS UGST 181 course each semester and complete the course with a satisfactory grade.
Any student who falls below a cumulative 2.0 GPR in the fall semester will be required to meet with a FOCUS Staff Advisor in the spring semester.
Students who change majors into FOCUS-related colleges, into General Studies, or into the College of Liberal Arts for the spring semester of the first year change from their fall scholarship success program to FOCUS.
All FOCUS students and Community Leaders must enroll in a FOCUS UGST 181 course, also known as a FOCUS community. UGST 181 is a First-Year Seminar that covers various contemporary topics and takes place once a week in the fall and spring semester.
UGST 181 is a 0-credit hour, Satisfactory/Unsatisfactory (S/U) course. Those that do not enroll in a UGST 181 course will be reported to Scholarships & Financial Aid and run the risk of losing their Regents’ Scholarship. The FOCUS UGST 181 course is co-led by both LAUNCH Staff and FOCUS Community Leaders.
Example topics covered in the course include:
- Time management
- Money management
- Campus etiquette
- Cultural diversity
NOTE: 0-credit hour courses do not affect your financial aid status or degree plan. Students are not charged for enrolling in 0-credit hour courses.