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Thriving as a Freshman

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Thriving as a Sophomore

USU Students studying together

Thriving as a Junior

USU Students Graduating

Thriving as a Senior

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Thriving as a First Generation Student

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Resources for Faculty and Staff



verb \ 'thrīv \

1 : to grow vigorously : FLOURISH

2 : to gain in wealth or possessions : PROSPER

3 : to progress toward or realize a goal despite
     or because of circumstances

source: Merriam-Webster Dictionary

The mission of the Office of Student Retention and Completion is to provide campus leadership, reliable data, and student-focused programs that will provide students with the tools to thrive academically, socially, and personally while at USU.

As such, we invite you to browse this site. It is organized to help students at each step as they work toward a four-year degree. WIthin each tab, you will find video clips of real students and alumni talking about their own journeys. You will also find benchmarks and resources to help you along the way. If you have any questions about anything you read on these pages, please do not hesitate to contact us at