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Act 101

  • The Act 101 Program was created as a result of the Pennsylvania Higher Education Equal Opportunity Act 101 in 1971 and focuses on serving undergraduate students in order to make the ideal of educational opportunity a reality for all qualified students. Support services include access to free textbooks through our lending library, assistance with class registration, free peer and group tutoring, workshops, and academic and career counseling. If you are a resident of Pennsylvania, contact the Center for Academic Success to determine eligibility.

    Admission into the ACT 101 Program - Students are admitted into the ACT 101 Program throughout the academic year. The ACT 101 staff, in cooperation with the Offices of Admissions and Student Financial Aid, identify those students who meet the academic and economic guidelines. These students are then invited by the ACT 101 staff to enroll in the Program.

    ACT 101 - Benefits

    Benefits to the Student

    • Free academic counseling and testing
    • Free tutoring
    • Help planning and scheduling classes for fall and spring semesters
    • Community Enrichment Series (CES) programs with an emphasis on studying smarter, not harder
    • Access to free textbooks through the ACT 101 lending library
    • Early class registration

    Participants Will Have the Opportunity to:

    • participate in new and exciting college experiences
    • establish new relationships
    • interact continuously with support staff
      integrate academic and career goals
    • learn, develop, grow and reach one's true potential

    Counseling Services

    Counseling services are a fundamental component of each ACT 101 Program. Saint Francis University provides counseling services that help students to realize their personal and educational goals.
    The ACT 101 Program at Saint Francis University uses professional counselors who work individually or in groups to provide help in the following areas:

    • orienting students to the college and the ACT 101 Program
    • assisting students in career planning and decision making
    • academic advising and course selection
    • assisting students in values clarification and self-concept development
    • personal counseling
    • financial aid counseling
    • assessing academic needs
    • providing study skills assistance
    • referring students to other campus service

    Tutorial Services

    The ACT 101 Program includes a strong tutorial component. This service is designed to supplement prior educational experience in high school or to act as a refresher for students entering the post-secondary educational system after a long absence.

    To improve the basic skills of reading, writing, and math, the program provides tutorial support for those courses offered by the institution and remedial activities designed to deal with individual skills development.

    Once the level of basic skills has been raised, tutorial support is provided for additional courses. Tutoring at this level may be provided on a one-to-one basis or in small groups. Attention is paid not only to the mastery of content in these areas, but also to the development of efficient, productive study habits. Information is available for study skills such as test preparation, test taking skills, test anxiety, reading and remembering, time management, and note taking.

    As the student acquires the skills and disciplined study habits that make him/her an independent learner, extensive tutorial contact fades in importance. However, tutors are available to ACT 101 students who need help as long as they are enrolled in the institution.

    ACT 101 - Eligibility

    ACT 101 participants are chosen on the basis of their academic potential, motivation and aspirations. To be eligible for program services, students must be full-time residents of Pennsylvania and must meet certain academic and economic criteria.

    Academic Eligibility

    Institutional norms are used to establish educational eligibility. Traditional indicators of class rank, high school grades and college entrance scores can be supplemented by other indicators. Generally, eligible program participants have a predicted academic QPA of 2.0 (C) or less as determined by Saint Francis University.  

    Economic Eligibility

    Eligible program participants are students whose financial resources for higher education are limited. Eligibility is based upon the adjusted family income as defined in the Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency procedures for calculating student financial aid.