For over five years, San Diego Mesa College has been offering Summer CRUISE—Creating
Rich Unique Intellectual Student Experiences – for incoming students. This summer,
Mesa offered six CRUISE sessions from June – August. Sessions are completely free
and available to recent high school graduates and those who are first-time or returning
The CRUISE program introduces incoming students to the academic, professional, and
personal campus resources available to them. The program also prepares them for math
and English requirements and provides a chance to work alongside faculty and a team
of 16 Peer Navigators, all while creating a unique support system among their peers.
As of August 1, CRUISE has served over 800 incoming students, and by the time all
sessions are done, will have assisted over 1,000 students, which is a record-breaking
number for the program’s five years of service.
The program also offers special sessions for new students transitioning from Continuing
Education, the Armed Forces, and Adult Learners who have not attended college. This
year, we even established an orientation for Student Athletes and San Diego Promise
scholarship recipients to better tailor information and resources to their needs.
During CRUISE, students can meet other students along with their personal Peer Navigator;
work one-on-one with faculty who are committed to student success; get exposure to
campus resources, student programming, and clubs; participate in academic and counseling
workshops with faculty and staff; and receive support for their entire academic year
Currently, there are over 160 students registered for the final session in August,
which will wrap up the 2019 Summer CRUISE program.
For more information on Summer CRUISE, or to register, visit the CRUISE Program webpage, or call (619) 388-2757, or email: email@example.com.
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