The Take Flight Freshman program offers an array of activities designed to equip students with the skills needed to thrive during their initial year at Catholic University. As a student in this program, you will be able to participate in a pre-orientation and skills-building workshops. Plus, you will be paired with a peer-mentor and be able to participate in a series of community building activities and socials throughout the year. 


Wednesday, August 19, 2019 | 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.

During a one-day program, you will experience a series of engaging and energizing workshops and activities that will help foster a sense of community, belonging, and readiness to begin college. You will be the first to learn about Catholic University and other resources available on campus. You will also meet staff and faculty members, and make connections with current students

Those who will live on campus are able to move into their dorms early.

Peer Mentoring

A key to success is knowing seasoned students who can guide, support, and encourage you during your first year.

As a part of this program, you are paired with a current junior or senior who will serve as your peer mentor to accom-pany you through the transition to college. This mentor is your personal guide that is more than willing to share their CUA insights and wisdom with you.

The Center for Cultural Engagement offers a series of social, cultural, and educational oppor- tunities where you can engage with your mentor and others in the program, helping you to build a community of peers invested in your success.

First Fridays: Skills-Building Workshops

On the first Friday of every month, the Take Flight program hosts a discussion series designed to equip you with the tools needed for academic success. These sessions will give you an opportunity to connect with peers, learn critical skills, and find a support system. Dinner is always provided!

September 4, 2020 | 3-5PM 

Importance of Self Care: learn about college life, determining your goals and responsibilities. Understand university policies, and learn strategies to develop healthy habits and relationships. 

October 2, 2020 | 3-5PM 

Developing Healthy Study Habits: learn strategies for time-management, organization, prioritizing, developing a study routine, and accessing resources on campus. 

November 6, 2020 | 3-5PM 

Financial Freedom: learn about your current financial obligations, your next steps for identifying new scholarship opportunities and other strategies that will minimize college debt. 

December 4, 2020 | 3-5PM 

Growing Pains/Changing with the Seasons: as the first semester draws to a close, it is important to take some time to reflect on the growth and changes you’ve experienced so far.

February 5, 2021 | 3-5PM 

Personal Finances: acquire tools to manage personal finances by creating a budget, assessing spending priorities, and identifying sources of income for remaining years. 

March 19, 2021 | 3-5PM 

Navigating Professional Online Resources: become familiar with online tools available to CUA students, and learn how to best utilize them to achieve academic and professional success. 

April 9, 2021 | 3-5PM 

Keys to Academic Success: reflect on your first year, understanding how the various academic tools work, and prepare to maximize your sophomore year experience! 

Community Building

Community building activities are designed to help you connect to our campus and to build a community of support with your peers. These activities include socials, trips to local sites, service projects, and more. Here is a taste of what to expect:

September 16, 2020 | 4:00PM

Take Flight Social provides an opportunity to process the first couple of weeks of classes and to touch bases with your mentor. Most importantly it is an opportunity to catch up with friends and unwind. 

November 9, 2020 | 12:30PM

National First-Gen College Celebration celebrates the success of first-generation college students, faculty, and staff. Take Flight hosts a luncheon that features student testimonies and community building activities. 

January 18, 2021

Martin Luther King Day of Service is an annual opportunity for Catholic University students, faculty, staff, alumni, and families to serve and advocate for justice as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did during his life.