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Responsibility Scholars will recognize their responsibility to self, social, and academic success.
Opportunity Scholars will be encouraged to take full advantage of all academic, financial, and social opportunities.
Community Scholars will learn the importance of building and maintaining community at NKU and beyond.
Knowledge Scholars will acquire a skillset to enhance growth mindset to increase their lifelong knowledge journey.
Success Scholars will individually build their pathway toward degree completion, graduation, and post-graduation success.
NKU ROCKS Students


The purpose of the R.O.C.K.S. program is to ease the academic, personal, and social transition from high school to college through the yearlong program.


By taking part in this program, R.O.C.K.S. Scholars will:

  • Become familiar with Northern Kentucky University and the resources available on campus.
  • Develop and grow strong academic, leadership, and professional skills.
  • Establish networks among key constituents within the institution and assist in developing resourceful relationships.
  • Grow in their understanding of personal identities.
  • Enhance communication and programming skillsets through development, oversight, and implementation of programming based around education, advocacy, autonomy development, and community building.

Student Learning Outcomes

  • Students will explore opportunities to expand their personal and professional leadership and interpersonal skill sets. (Access)
  • Students will utilize their understanding of power and privilege to intentionally advocate for equity and justice for themselves and others. (Interconnectedness)
  • Students will recognize the role they play and the importance of community building and engagement. (Student Experience)
  • Students will utilize their obtained knowledge and resources to develop a sense of self-determination when navigating the collegiate experience to completion. (Persist)

Assessment Methods

  • Surveys
  • Verbal Assessments
  • Student Testimonials
  • Staff Observations
  • Mentor/Mentee Evaluation Forms
  • Number of Students Engaged/Program Completion Rate
  • Institutional Research Data

Requirements & Qualifications

To ensure the success of the NKU R.O.C.K.S. Mentorship PRogram, we ask that all applicants:

  • Self-identify as Black/African/African American
  • Maintain a 2.5 GPA
  • Attend the NKU R.O.C.K.S. Summer Institute
  • Attend Bi-weekly meetings/study tables
  • Attend and support CSI/AASI/NKU R.O.C.K.S. Programs
  • Demonstrate a commitment to acting consistently with core ethical values, personal values, and convictions
  • Commit to respecting the dignity and contributions of all people
  • Have outstanding communication, leadership, and active listening skills
  • Have a passion for improving the Northern Kentucky University (NKU) Campus climate for Black/African/African American students, faculty, staff, and administrators