Latino Promise

Fairleigh Dickinson University's Latino Promise is aimed at helping Latino students achieve their college dreams! Latino Promise provides a personalized approach to higher education.

Upon completion, students receive an Associate's Degree OR 60 college credits towards their intended major. Students who earn their Associate's Degree with a satisfactory GPA will receive 50% off tuition per academic year to complete their studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Students can declare their major at Fairleigh Dickinson University or transfer to another college or university.

Latino Promise began as a pilot program in 2007 with just 12 students. Since then, hundreds of students have realized their college dreams with Latino Promise. Some have moved on to continue their studies in graduate school while others have pursued their dream jobs

Latino Promise Degrees

Latino Promise students work toward either a Liberal Arts AA degree or the Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies.

Students who earn their Associate's degree with a satisfactory GPA will receive 50% off tuition per academic year to complete their studies at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Students can declare their major at Fairleigh Dickinson University or transfer to another College/University.

In addition to the courses students can choose from for their AA degree, students enrolled in Latino Promise must also take the Latino Leadership Seminar. This course develops student leadership skills by combining both traditional leadership content with non-traditional lecture. Further, they engage in personal exchange with Hispanic professionals, business and community leaders on topics ranging from overcoming cultural obstacles to entrepreneurial success to personal achievement. Latino Promise students hear firsthand about dressing for success, interviewing skills, conflict resolution and much, much more.

Creating a Culture of Giving Back

Through the Latino Promise Seminar, students also actively volunteer in their communities by conducting food, clothing and toy drives as well as participating in Relay for Life at the Metropolitan Campus.

Bringing the Classroom to Life

First and second year Latino Promise students take several trips:

  • Philadelphia
  • Trenton
  • Washington, D.C.
  • Broadway
  • Colonial Williamsburg. VA
  • Gettysburg, PA

Latino Promise Highlights

  • Experience a Day At Latino Promise. Students and their teachers, guidance counselors and other school administrators are invited to spend the day to learn what a day in the life of a Latino Promise student is like. Activities include sitting in during a college class, a tour around campus, a candid Q&A session with current students, and lunch at FDU's cafeteria.
  • Bilingual Financial Aid Workshop. Led by FDU's bilingual financial aid specialists, this workshop guides Latino students and their families through the complex federal and state financial aid processes to ensure that students receive the maximum aid possible.
  • Parent "College Knowledge" Workshop. During this workshop, parents and members of each student's immediate and extended family are invited to explore ways to support students in college, particularly during their transition out of high school.
  • Latino Promise Admitted Student Day. During this event, students and families are invited to learn more about the program and, for those who are ready, to take the next steps toward enrollment, including finding out more about where they are in the financial aid process and taking the placement test for courses in the fall.
  • Latino Promise Summer Social. During this event, entering first year students get the opportunity to meet one another, second year students, and their professors. Students also pick up their fall schedules.

Additional highlights:

  • 50% off tuition per academic year.
  • One-on-one academic advising.
  • Career development.
  • Latino community development and volunteerism.
  • Latino leadership development.
  • Study abroad opportunities.
  • Associate's degree or 60 college credits towards intended major.

Latino Promise Admissions

To apply to Latino Promise, students need:

  • High school and/or college transcripts (for transfer students)
  • SAT or ACT scores
  • Two letters of recommendation
  • No essay required!

Faculty & staff

Latino Promise is led by a group of highly talented and motivated individuals who are passionate about ensuring that Latino students have the opportunity to reach their full potential at the college level:


Important Information for Guidance Counselors

At Latino Promise, we understand and appreciate how hard guidance counselors, teachers and school administrators work in order to guide students through the college application process. We would like to aid in making that process smoother. To that end, we offer high schools the following:

Presentation and On-site

Latino Promise faculty and staff conduct presentations at high schools and offer students an instant decision during our on-site interviews.

Guidance Counselor Workshop & Luncheon

This workshop and luncheon, which offers guidance counselors, teachers and school administrators four hours of professional development, gives participants a deeper understanding of the issues facing Latinos today, including the social and financial obstacles that many students and their families must overcome to ensure success at the college level.

Experience a Day At Latino Promise

Students and their teachers, guidance counselors and other school administrators are invited to spend the day to learn what a day in the life of a Latino Promise student is like. Activities include sitting in during a college class, a tour around campus, a candid Q&A session with current students, and lunch at FDU's cafeteria.

Bilingual Financial Aid Workshop

Led by FDU's bilingual financial aid specialists, this workshop guides Latino students and their families through the complex federal and state financial aid processes to ensure that students receive the maximum aid possible. Latino Promise has conducted these workshops on FDU's Metropolitan campus and at high schools in the area.

Latino Promise Summer Program

At Latino Promise, we are dedicated to ensuring the academic and professional success of young Hispanics. To that end, this summer, we have designed a three-week intensive workshop to get wait listed students over that final hurdle and prepare them for academic success.

This three-week summer program, for which there is no charge, helps students work on their Math, English and Study Skills. Upon successful completion of this summer program, Latino Promise faculty members reassess their application and grant them full admission into Fairleigh Dickinson University's Latino Promise Program.

Classes meet on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 10am to 1pm in July. This is a great opportunity for students to be admitted and is also a step in the right direction in reaching acceptable levels of academic achievement.