To join Take Flight, simply complete this interest form. If you have any questions, please contact: Javier W. Bustamante (   

The Take Flight Freshman program offers an array of activities designed to equip students with the skills needed to thrive at Catholic University. The work begins even before you step onto our campus to begin the fall semester. 

Summer Meetings

Through the Take Flight sSummer meetings, you will be able to connect with a CCE staff member to address issues or concerns that might arise prior to your arrival on campus. We will share important information and remind you of important deadlines so that your transition to college will be as smooth as possible. The CCE staff will be available and ready to answer any questions you might have regarding registration, housing, financial aid, etc. 

Take Flight Pre-Orientation

Sunday, August 18 to Wednesday, August 21. - FREE
The Take Flight pre-orientation is a three-day intensive summer bridge program designed to enhance your learning, ease your transition to college, and help you build community. Those who will live on campus get to move-in early at no additional cost. By participating in this three-day program you will:
  1. Gain important skills that will enhance your academic performance.  
  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 and familiarity with important resources and services provided on campus; making connections with faculty, staff, and current Catholic University students. 
  4. Learn about extra-curricular activities and opportunities in which you can participate. 
  5. Build strong relationships with other first-generation college students and participate in off-site excursions. 
This is the tentative 2024 schedule at a glance. Note that specific times and activities are subject to change.
8:00 AM Breakfast Breakfast Breakfast
9:00 AM




Early Move-In for Take Flight Students

Morning Session: University 101 Morning Session: First in the Family Morning Session: Telling Our Stories
10:00 AM Morning Lecture: Reading for College Morning Lecture: Studying for College Build Your Support System
11:00 AM College Success Etiquette
12:00 PM Networking Lunch Networking Lunch Networking Lunch
1:00 PM Afternoon Lecture: College Writing  Afternoon Lecture: Test-taking Skills Self-Advocacy
2:00 PM Reflection
3:00 PM Campus Resource Tour Campus Resource Tour Campus Engagement 
4:00 PM Reflection
5:00 PM

Welcome Dinner

Bring your family!

Dinner Dinner

Closing Dinner 

Final Words of Wisdom

6:00 PM
7:00 PM Social Activity Social Activity