The Catholic University of America

R.I.S.E. (Reach, Inspire, Succeed, Empower)


R.I.S.E. provides skill-based development, support and opportunities for First-Generation and/or Low-Income students in order to enhance their overall tenure at The Catholic University of America.


Who is R.I.S.E for?

R.I.S.E. is for Cardinals who are dedicated to their academic success and personal and professional development. R.I.S.E. Scholars will become part of a network of dedicated, committed and passionate CUA students who support and hold one another accountable for their overall performance and growth within this program.


What do participants get from this project?

R.I.S.E. Scholars participate in a network that will assist in their academic success and personal and professional development. The network will focus on assisting with academics, career preparation, spiritual development and social integration by establishing connections with the relevant support services at Catholic University. Our goal is to ensure that R.I.S.E. Scholars are intentionally connected to people, services; and organizations who will support their development and empower them to be an integral part of the Catholic University community.


2018 Pre-Orientation Program


Reach Inspire Succeed Empower (R.I.S.E.) is a first-year transition program for students from traditionally underrepresented backgrounds. Participants in this program will engage in a blend of community-building; academic-coaching; and campus empowerment activities designed to help them thrive at Catholic U.

R.I.S.E. participants will work with a network of students and staff committed to ensuring student success at The Catholic University of America:

  • Faculty mentors and academic advisors
  • Professional staff from the following offices: Campus Activities; Career Services; Center for Cultural Engagement; Dean of Students; Financial Aid; The Mullen Library; and Residence Life
  • Peer Support (R.I.S.E. Squad)


Along with introducing students to this array of campus resources, R.I.S.E. participants will also explore offerings available via prospective program partners including: Hola Cultura; Prince Georges African American Museum and Cultural Center; as well as excursions to area landmarks.

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Space is limited.

Applications are due by June 15, 2018.