What is DRIVE?
Concordia’s DRIVE program is an opportunity to learn the best success strategies and insights at the very beginning of your college career. DRIVE stands for determination, resilience, initiative, vision and empowerment. You will be able to foster these characteristics through intentional advising relationships and classroom opportunities.
How will I benefit from participating?
By participating in DRIVE, you are guaranteed a place in our two one-credit college success courses, as well as direct advisement from a personal academic coach. You can also develop friendships and connections with other students in DRIVE that further enhance your first-year experience. In addition, you’ll have access to peer tutoring and mentoring.
How was I selected for DRIVE?
The Admission Committee selects students who they feel would most benefit from the strategies and insights gained in DRIVE. Sometimes students have a lower high school GPA or ACT score. Some students experienced challenges or barriers in high school that negatively impacted their academic progress. Regardless of the reason you have been selected, the Concordia community recognizes the strengths and talents you’ll bring to campus. We are eager to partner with you as you strive to reach your college goals.
Please contact your admission representative with specific questions regarding your unique circumstances or if you were not initially selected for DRIVE and want to participate.
How many students are in DRIVE?
Approximately 50 incoming students participate in DRIVE each year.
Is it required?
DRIVE is required for selected students because it provides the strategies and support that help with a successful transition from high school to college.
How much does it cost?
There is no additional cost to participate in DRIVE.
What are my responsibilities in DRIVE?
All DRIVE students commit to regular class attendance and monthly meetings with their academic coach. You will work together with your academic coach, who also serves as your advisor, to determine what other campus opportunities and resources would best position you for college success.
Why should I be excited about DRIVE at Concordia?
There are so many reasons to be excited about DRIVE! You will meet other new Cobbers, spend intentional time learning what it takes to be successful in college and life, reflect on your strengths and interests, look into possible careers, and partner with Concordia faculty and staff who care about you and your future. We are confident you will find DRIVE both beneficial and an enjoyable part of your Concordia experience.