A number of different studies in recent years have found that only one-third of high school seniors across the nation are prepared for college. Even the most ideal candidate for the priesthood may not be prepared for college-level work. The Josephinum Academic Support Program for collegians and pre-theologians offers effective and practical assistance to the seminarian who needs to develop his academic skills.
During orientation, all seminarians are tested comprehensively to determine readiness for college-level work. Those in need of assistance are placed in the Academic Support Program, where they receive help with academic courses while engaging fully in priestly formation, striving toward the goal of the ordained priesthood.
The Benefits of the Academic Support Program
The Writing Center
Writing Center instructors help seminarians to develop writing skills, focusing on research, documentation, and composition.
Developmental Courses in Mathematics and Grammar
English Grammar for Speakers of Latin is taken with Latin I, enabling seminarians to develop a working grammar vocabulary to facilitate the learning of Latin.
Academic Bridge Courses in Philosophy
Academic Bridge Courses accompany philosophy courses and address time management, effective study habits, note-taking skills, and college reading strategies. Seminarians also benefit from a review of philosophy course content and assistance with writing philosophy papers.
Personal Attention and Tutoring from Faculty
Personal attention plays a vital role throughout all facets of the Academic Support Program. Seminarians at any level have ongoing opportunities for individual tutoring from faculty members.
Integrated into Formation
Seminarians in the program participate fully in the rich academic, spiritual, liturgical, and social life of the Josephinum, and they progress in all aspects of formation. The connection between the intellectual and spiritual pillars of formation is constantly reinforced; professors and formation teams work together to offer assistance and support. There are no additional fees for the services offered in the program.