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Since 1973, the High Potential program at Saint Mary's College, affectionately known as HP, has embraced and supported college students from diverse backgrounds in fulfilling their academic aspirations. Join alumni, students and the entire Saint Mary's community in celebrating 40 years of the High Potential program and recognizing the accomplishments of our students.

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Welcome to the High Potential Program

You have worked hard and achieved the dream of being in the first generation of your family to attend college. The High Potential Program will give you the tools and support you need to translate that hard work into continued success.

HP Summer Bridge 2013

Since 1973, the regionally recognized High Potential (HP) program at Saint Mary’s College has welcomed first-generation college students and students from diverse backgrounds into higher education. The HP student success initiative provides a range of services and individualized support for first-generation college students. The HP family is large and welcoming of all students who are dedicated to earning a baccalaureate degree.

Why choose the Saint Mary's High Potential Program:

  • Summer Bridge Program - A two-week, intensive program during the summer where 40 entering first year students live on campus and take college-level classes before starting the fall semester. The program aims to support your transition from high school into College and will allow you to get a head start towards units for graduation. The program also provides the opportunity to meet some of your peers as well as professors, advisors, and peer mentors. The Summer Bridge program generally takes place in late July/early August.
  • First-Year Advising Cohort (FYAC) - All first year students participate in a FYAC section. The HP FYAC section is specific to first-generation college students. You will receive a grade and academic credit for participating in weekly class meetings in the fall and spring semesters with your faculty advisor and Student Engagement and Academic Success specialist. Topics include handling common challenges all college students must face, the differences between high school and college coursework, time management, study skills, major exploration, goal setting and financial aid and money management.
  • Peer Mentor Program - Approximately 15 sophomore, junior and senior students are selected and participate in an intensive training program to become peer mentors who are paired with incoming HP students. Many of the peer mentors have participated in Summer Bridge and/or the HP FYAC program and might have faced similar challenges and achieved the successes you aim to achieve. Your peer mentor will strive to develop a supportive, coaching relationship with you and will provide you with leadership, guidance and personal and academic support in the Summer Bridge Program and throughout your time at Saint Mary's.
  • Monthly Meetings - Meet regularly with your assigned Student Engagement and Academic Success Specialist, who will help you stay on track to reach your goals!
  • Earn credits toward graduation - Earn .5 credits for the Summer Bridge Program; .25 credits for fall HP First Year Advising Cohort;  and .25 for spring HP First Year Advising Cohort.

Application - Due Friday, May 9, 2014

Frequently Asked Questions

Peer Mentor Program Timeline and Application

  • Application available Monday, November 25, 2013
  • Completed application due including recommendation forms Friday, January 31, 2014 at 5:00PM
  • Interviews conducted March 3-March 7, 2014; sign-ups will be made available
  • Notification to applicants on March 13, 2014
  • Peer Mentor Program 2014-2015 Application

Key Collaborators

For information about the High Potential Program please contact:

Tracy Pascua Dea
Co-Director, High Potential Program 
Director of Student Engagement and Academic Success
tjp2@stmarys-ca.edu
(925) 631-4349

Gloria Aquino Sosa
Faculty Co-Director, High Potential Program
Assistant Professor and Coordinator College Student Services
and Career Specialization, Graduate Career
Counseling Program
Kalmanovitz School of Education 
gas6@stmarys-ca.edu
(925) 631-4875

Pedro Ramirez
Senior Admissions Counselor
Coordinator of Multicultural Recruitment 
pnr2@stmarys-ca.edu
(925) 631-4930

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1928 Saint Mary's Road
Moraga, CA 94575
(925) 631-4000
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