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 series of summer workshops and a one-day pre-orientation. Plus, you will be paired with a peer-mentor and be able to participate in a series of community building activities and socials, and other skills-building activities throughout the academic year. 

Summer Workshops

The Take Flight Summer Workshops seek to encourage engagement and improve retention of first-generation students by intentionally engaging you in a series of experiences and activities that deepen your learning, ease your transition to college, and help you build community prior to arriving on our campus. By participating in these 90-minute virtual workshops, you will:

  1. Become familiarized with the resources available on campus and develop familiarity with key programs and individuals that provide support to students.  
  2. Understand what college life looks like, including becoming familiar with a typical class schedule, campus buildings, and tips for adjusting to campus life. 
  3. Develop a clear understanding of how financial aid, class enrollment, and other services work in order to avoid issues arising from missing deadlines, accepting awards, etc. 
  4. Learn about extra-curricular activities and opportunities in which you can participate. 

Monday, June 28 @ 1:30pm


Wednesday, June 30 @ 10:30am

First In the Family!

This first meeting will help students develop relationships and connections with one another, while sorting through some of the common issues that affect first-generation college students.

Tuesday, July 6 @ 1:30pm


Wednesday, July 7 @ 10:30am

Understanding Financial Aid

This meeting will allow students to have a better understanding of how financial aid works. It will also help students develop a plan for finding additional financial resources and aid.  

Monday, July 12 @ 1:30pm


Wednesday, July 14 @ 10:30am

Registration and Balancing Schedule

This meeting will allow students to develop a good understanding of the enrollment process, including the role of the academic advisor. Students will gain insights about balancing schedule, tips for studying, and more.

Monday, July 19 @ 1:30pm


Wednesday, July 21 @ 10:30am

Campus Experience

This meeting will allow students to learn about the different ways they can be involved in extracurricular activities, including becoming part of student organizations. 

Monday, July 26 @ 1:30pm


Wednesday, July 28 @ 10:30am

Student Resources & Final Steps

This session will introduce students to key resources and staff that will help them navigate the various difficulties (whether academic of personal) they will encounter.  


Wednesday, August 25, 2021 | 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 also meet staff and faculty members, and make connections with current students

There will be an optional welcome dinner the previous evening. And those who will live on campus are able to move into their dorms early thus avoiding move-in rush.

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 accompany 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 opportunities where you can engage with your mentor and others in the program, helping you to build a community of peers invested in your success.

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 3, 2021 | 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 1, 2021 | 3-5PM 

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

November 5, 2021 | 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 3, 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 4, 2022 | 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 4, 2022 | 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 1, 2022 | 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 15, 2021 | 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 8, 2021 | 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 17, 2022

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.