The Acclimation course teaches you everything you need to navigate your college transition like a pro...

Success in college is important and this course helps bring it within your reach by providing you with the information, insights, timelines, and strategies you need to make the most of your new environment. You'll learn what to expect as you enter and adjust to your college community, who are your point people for personal and academic development, and how to access important resources, build strong habits, and attend to your personal wellbeing. This course is your foundation for success, allowing you to navigate your college landscape like a pro!

What's Included in the Acclimation Course?

Timelines, tools, worksheets, strategies, assessments, and a boatload of know-how.


    Over 30 video lessons touching on everything from educational planning and setting healthy academic goals to managing stress and staying mentally and emotionally healthy.


    All new worksheets and resources to help you map out your transition plan, stay on top of college finances, identify resources and point people, and lay the groundwork for success.


    Direct access to your instructors through in-course discussion forums. Your instructors are there for you whenever you have questions, concerns, or a desire to dive deeper.

Why College Adjustment Matters...

College-bound students face numerous challenges when they begin their transition to college, and even the best high school students often find themselves unprepared for what lies ahead. While almost 25% of students leave college after their first year, students who successfully acclimate to their college environment are far more likely to excel academically, graduate on time, and reach their academic and professional goals.

  • Students who enroll in The Empowered Student master course begin adjusting to college proactively and reap these rewards:

  • Less stress and anxiety about the transition to your new college campus and community

  • Increased ability to set strong personal, academic, and professional goals, and rise to the new challenges

  • Greater confidence, knowledge of self, and dramatically increased ability to achieve your short- and long-term academic and career goals

Course curriculum

  • 1

    Welcome to Acclimation!

    • Start Here!

    • Empowered Student Course Syllabus

    • Empowered Student Learning Goals Worksheet

    • How to use this course

    • Before we begin...

  • 2


    • The Value & Purpose of College Education

    • Taking a Gap Year

    • Taking an Alternative Path

    • The Culture or Higher Ed

    • Crafting a New You

    • Your Point People for Personal Adjustment

    • Your Point People for Academic Development

    • Understanding Institutional Resources

    • Test your learning

  • 3

    Starting Off:

    • Educational Planning

    • Understanding Disability Support

    • Diversity on Campus

    • Understanding College Finances

    • Study Abroad

    • Experiential Learning

    • Setting Academic & Personal Goals

    • Test your learning

  • 4

    Your Health, Safety, & Wellbeing:

    • Introduction

    • Sexual Assault

    • Drugs & Alcohol

    • Staying Physically Healthy

    • Staying Mentally & Emotionally Healthy

    • Adult Relationships

    • Managing Stress

    • Life Skills for College

    • Building a Communications Plan

    • Test your learning

  • 5

    What to Expect:

    • Your First Semester

    • Your Second Semester & Second Year

    • Your Junior & Senior Years

  • 6

    Next steps

    • Congrats! Here's what's next...

    • More resources for you

    • Before you go...

Acclimation: College Adjustment

Everything you need to navigate your college transition like a pro!

The Empowered Student

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Meet Your Instructors:

Founder & Executive Director

Colin David Pears, PhD

Dr. Pears was formerly the University Director of Academic Support and Advising, and Co-Director of The Center for Academic and Career Success at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He is an expert on student success and retention and has teaching experience at the primary, secondary, and university levels of education. As a higher education administrator he has developed support frameworks and retention initiatives for high-risk, under-represented, and underserved students, served as a professional consultant, and trained faculty, advisors, and academic coaches in important aspects of student engagement and pedagogy. He holds an MA in Political Science and an MA in Philosophy from Boston College, and a PhD in Philosophy from The Catholic University of America.

Senior Coaching Strategist

William Buracker, PhD

Dr. Buracker is the Associate Rector of All Saints Church in Chevy Chase, MD, and the former Associate Dean of the Metropolitan School at The Catholic University of America in Washington, DC. He oversaw the development and operation of a cutting-edge Academic Coaching and Assessment program, which continues to serve as a premier retention initiative for high-risk students. He is an expert on adult and continuing education with a background in student development, retention, and academic advising for both traditional and non-traditional student populations. He holds an MA in Mathematics from NC State, an MA in Theology from Edinburgh University, and a PhD in Biblical Studies from The Catholic University of America.

Senior Learning Architect

Lisa Weaver, PhD

Dr. Weaver is Assistant Professor of Worship at Columbia Theological Seminary, and Executive Director of Women Working on…Well. Lisa has taught at the high school, undergraduate, and graduate levels, and has over 20 years of experience teaching, advising, coaching, and counseling traditional, adult, and second career learners. Additionally, she has over 20 years of ministry experience as an ordained clergy person. She holds an MA in English and Language Arts Education from Columbia University, an M Div. in New Testament and Christian Origins from Union Theological Seminary, and a PhD in Liturgical Studies from The Catholic University of America.