Program Dates

Thrive offers students the opportunity to participate in programs and events prior to the start of college, during their first year and beyond the first year, giving them advance preparation for the journey ahead. This includes participation in the following required events.

Before First Year

Before First Year (Required Programs)

AIM Workshops (College Success and Registration Preparation)

  • These unique, two-hour workshops are led by the Thrive staff and current students on the Kennesaw Campus and online.
  • Each workshop includes:
    • An introduction to the SODI and Thrive staff, as well as an overview of the Thrive Program and its benefits.
    • A session on how to prepare for college success.
    • A comprehensive discussion of General Education and how it relates to major-specific requirements, how to graduate in four years, and what to expect during the class registration process for Fall 2021.
    • A review of next steps to prepare for class registration on May 27th.
  • Save the Date: May 7, 2021 (in person) or May 10, 2021 (online)
    • 1-3 pm: Majors in Coles College of Business, Norman J. Radow College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of the Arts, Bagwell College of Education, and Undeclared students
    • 3:30-5:30 pm: College of Science and Mathematics, Wellstar College of Health and Human Services, College of Architecture and Construction Management, College of Computing and Software Engineering, Southern Polytechnic College of Engineering and Engineering Technology

Students will be provided an excused absence note for a college-required program. COVID-19 guidelines will be met for in-person sessions. 


Parents/guardians of Thrivers will be encouraged to attend a program information session. Their student will receive an email in April with information on how they can sign up.

  • May 7 – 1-2 pm; 3:30-4:30 pm (in person) with an optional campus tour afterward (weather permitting)
  • May 10 – 4-5 pm (online)

Early Registration

In addition to having reserved seats for fall in a few highly sought after classes and professors, Thrive students are able to register for their Fall 2021 (first semester) classes BEFORE most incoming students! Information on how to prepare for this will be provided at the AIM Workshop.

Save the Date: Thursday, May 27, 1 pm (online)

UP! Summer Conference (University Preparation)

  • This half-day university preparation conference is the only one of its kind at KSU and is only open to students in SODI programs.
  • The conference provides students:
    • A chance to become more familiar with the campus and its resources.
    • The opportunity to meet Thrive and SODI faculty, staff, and students.
    • A panel providing insights about what to expect and how to succeed your first semester.
    • Information on the optional mentoring program and the Aspire recognition program.
  • Save the Date
    • Saturdays, July 17 and 24, 2021 

Students will attend on one of the above dates, depending on their major. Dates will be determined in May, based on students accepted into the program.


Thrive students will have the option (highly encouraged) to attend weekly, online CONNECT sessions in June 2021, to meet program staff and other students, and to get tips for success for their first semester.  

First Year

First Year

First Semester (August-December 2021)

  • Thrive required programming in Fall 2021 is comprised of:
    • Enrollment in a Thrive Learning Community, which will include at least two General Education courses that students need to complete their degree. These Learning Communities will engage students by major and/or interest.
    • Three graduation coaching appointments.
  • By utilizing these resources, Thrive students gain confidence, learn time management and academic strategies, and begin getting involved in extracurricular activities. Students accomplish this while earning key credits toward obtaining their degree.

Second Semester (January-May 2022)

  • Students are supported through continued access to their Thrive graduation coach as they begin their major coursework. Two to three appointments are required in the second semester.
  • Students who are struggling with their transition to college, evidenced by GPAs at risk of losing HOPE, will attend additional coaching appointments and workshops, to further support their success at KSU.
  • Students are also able to start earning graduation cords during this semester.

Beyond First Year

Beyond First Year

  • Program requirements only apply through the student’s first year. However, by continuing active participation in Thrive, students gain access to Study Abroad and undergraduate research opportunities, networking and mentoring programs, graduating with honor cords, and more.
  • Students are able to continue meeting with their graduation coach as they plan and work together toward short and long-term goals.

Students have the option of earning graduation cords through the Recognition Program. To earn cords, students complete relevant college and career requirements over the course of their time at KSU. See Thrive Recognition Program for more information.