Commuter Success Program

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The Commuter Success Program (CSP) is a select program that aims to provide a supportive community for commuter students by providing a cohort-based experience centered on student success and a shared meal. Commuter Scholars are invited to join the program prior to entering their first year at the University. This program is coordinated by Orientation & Transition Experiences (OTE), in collaboration with the President’s Emerging Scholars (PES) and Off-Campus Living, and supported by the Office for Undergraduate Education.

As a Commuter Scholar, you will be part of a CSP Pod, a small group of first-year commuters, to gather for meals in any of our M Food Co. locations. You can choose to dine with other commuter students, your pod, or simply eat a meal on your own. Each pod will have a Commuter Lead who serves as a facilitator for the group and resource during your first year. Additional meals, social events, and workshops will be offered during each semester.

If you have any questions contact us at [email protected].

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Commuter Pods & Leads

Throughout the program, you will have the opportunity to engage in a pod made up of 8-10 commuter students and a Commuter Lead. Commuter Leads returning commuter students who are responsible for developing community with their pod. The purpose of this pod is to ensure you are able to create connections within the program. Participants are assigned to pods based on common interests and characteristics (field of study, involvement, identities, etc.); you will have the opportunity to submit information about yourself before you are assigned to a pod.

Engagement Opportunities

You will have more opportunities to connect with other students within your pod and outside of your pod through different virtual social events. Through the Commuter Success Program, you will engage in:

  • Monthly one-on-one individual check-in meetings with your Commuter Lead
  • 1-2 social activities each semester
  • At least two meals per month with your pod
  • You will also have the opportunity to attend meals hosted by other Commuter Leads.

CSP Meal Plan

Commuter Scholars will be awarded $450 of Dining Dollars at the beginning of Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 semesters. The Dining Dollars can be used for meals in any M Food Co location. This is a great opportunity to share a meal and connect with other commuter students.