CUSP Early Entrance Experience

  • The College Undergraduate Success Program (CUSP) Early Entrance Experience is an early entrance freshman experience for first-year students sponsored by the Department of Developmental Studies and scheduled during the week before fall semester.

    The experience includes enrollment in two one-credit courses: Introduction to Higher Education (DVST 150) and Strategies for Success in Collegiate Mathematics (Math 281), workshops, seminars, tours, and other informational and social activities.

    Many times, students experience difficulties adjusting to college. People may have already told you, "College is not like high school!" But what is college like? Are you nervous about where to go and what to do? Do you wonder what classes will be like? Do you know how to be successful in college?

    Studies show that when students are given an early, formal introduction to college, they are more likely to experience satisfaction and to graduate. Colleges and universities often offer seminars to students during the freshman year, when students especially need support, knowledge, and skills.

    IUP is offering a pre-college program to a limited number of first-year students through the Department of Developmental Studies. The program is called CUSP: The Early Entrance Experience and is designed to help you make a satisfactory transition to the college experience and to enhance your chances for academic success.

    CUSP Will Include the Following:

    1. A one-week early arrival to campus with early check-in for fall housing assignments (Saturday, August 17)
    2. Enrollment in two one-credit classes, DVST 150: Introduction to Higher Education (for graduating credit) and Math 281(Strategies for Success in Collegiate Mathematics)
    3. Workshops, tours, and other informational activities
    4. Social activities

    Students will be selected on a first-come, first-served basis. Enrollment is limited!

    Students Selected to Participate in This Program Can Expect to Receive the Following Benefits:

    • Gain the tools for a successful college outcome
    • Understand the role and purpose of higher education
    • Earn graduating credit before the fall semester begins (one credit)
    • Get a strong academic start with an opportunity to earn a high beginning grade point average
    • Arrive on campus early
    • Meet other students and make friends early
    • Learn your way around IUP
    • Learn about IUP’s systems and resources
    • Participate in e-mail/Internet, word processing, and study strategy workshops
    • Understand IUP’s academic policies and procedures
    • Learn about Liberal Studies curriculum and your course requirements
    • Learn how to set goals and make informed decisions
    • Learn how to manage your time
    • Learn about yourself and your learning strengths and weaknesses
    • Make connections with IUP faculty members and other IUP personnel

    To Register for CUSP

    1. Log on to MyIUP.
    2. Log in, and select Finances.
    3. Follow the link to IUP EasyPay, then click the IUP EasyPay button.
    4. In EasyPay, choose eDeposits on the top toolbar.
    5. In the Select Term drop-down list, choose the upcoming Fall semester and click Select.
    6. In the Select Deposit Payment dropdown, choose CUSP and click Select, then the Continue button on the bottom left.
    7. Choose the desired payment method in the drop-down and click Select.
    8. Complete the payment information, save, and click Continue.

    The completed payment page will serve as confirmation of participation in the CUSP program. An information packet will be mailed the second week of August.

    Or, you may mail the $50 deposit in the form of a check or money order to the address below. Please indicate the student’s name, address, phone number, and Banner ID.

    Department of Developmental Studies
    Pratt Hall, Room 202
    201 Pratt Drive
    Indiana, PA 15705-1003

    The remaining cost will appear on your fall bill. The $50 deposit is nonrefundable for cancellations or no-shows.