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The ASPIRE program offers admission consideration to students who demonstrate the potential to be successful students, but who may require specialized and structured academic support services. The program is for Pennsylvania residents who are freshman applicants and plan to begin their studies in the fall semester of any given academic year.

Consideration for admission to the Berks ASPIRE program includes, but is not limited to, the following criteria:

  • Must be a resident of Pennsylvania
  • Must demonstrate high financial need guidelines established by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and verified by Penn State
  • Must be a student who shows academic promise and the desire to achieve a college degree 
  • Successful completion of an interview with the ASPIRE coordinator

Program Features and Services

The program familiarizes students with the campus and community resources. It offers specialized programming to address the educational, social, cultural and personal needs of students and includes an intense tracking system of the student's academic progress. Students are held accountable and rewarded through a quality educational experience.

The First Semester

ASPIRE students in the first semester enroll in a student success course (2.0 credit course).  The course is designed to help entering students in their transition from high school to college. The course will help new students gain control over their college experience by developing effective educational strategies, greater self awareness, and skills built upon accurate knowledge of the university’s programs, policies and services.

Academic Progress

The ASPIRE coordinator keeps in contact with each student’s professors to monitor the student's academic progress, provide strategies for academic success, and facilitate increased communication between the student and professor.

Dedicated Campus Resource Professional

The ASPIRE coordinator works solely with the ASPIRE students to provide them with support and assistance throughout their college career. The ASPIRE coordinator provides the following:

  • individual academic support
  • tutoring
  • feedback on students' writing skills
  • assistance with navigating and utilizing campus services
  • help with students' general needs


ASPIRE activities include:

  • team building exercises
  • social and cultural events
  • academic workshops
  • community service
  • educational field trips

Interested in the ASPIRE Program? 

  • Please complete a Financial Information Form and submit it in addition to your admissions application.
  • If you have questions about the ASPIRE program or need assistance with the any part of the application process, please contact the ASPIRE coordinator.  

Questions regarding ASPIRE

If you have questions about the program please email Aubrey Edwards at are12@psu.edu, ASPIRE Coordinator, or contact her by phone at (610) 396-6074.

More ASPIRE Program Information:

Information on Scholaships and Financial Aid for ASPIRE Students

Future and First-Year Students


ASPIRE Questions?

Aubrey Rose
Perkins Student Center, Rm 6
610-396-6074 (phone)
610-396-6316 (fax)
e-mail Aubrey Rose (are12@psu.edu)