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Friar Foundations

Friar Foundations is a summer bridge program aimed at easing the transition from high school to college for approximately 30 students each year.

Supported through the generous funding of The Angell Foundation, Friar Foundations addresses two fundamental issues students must face when entering college — academic responsibility and social assimilation.

Participants in the program​ — normally accepted students — live on campus for five weeks for portions of July and August. During this time, the students complete credit-bearing courses, attend skills-building workshops, and partake in a host of on- and off-campus social and cultural experiences.

Participant Responsibilities

Participants are expected to meet regularly with an OAS staff member during the summer program and on a regular basis for the entire first-year and:

  • successfully complete the required program courses, seminar, and workshops, and
  • participate in all program activities

Program Leadership

Kaitlyn O'Malley oversees all program planning and logistics. Accomplished, upper-class students are trained to serve as mentors for the duration of the summer program and throughout participants’ first year at PC.

Interested faculty and staff, including members of the resident Dominican community, also are invited to participate in the program through social/cultural programming and serving as tutors/mentors. 

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Program Coordinator

Kaitlyn O'Malley
Assistant Director for Student-Athlete Services
Life Skills Coordinator

Program Objectives

As a result of the program, participants will:

  • understand the educational demands and responsibilities of a PC student;
  • acquire the necessary academic skills to be successful at PC;
  • discover and understand the obligations of living on-campus in a residential community;
  • develop relationships with other first-year students as well as members of the College’s faculty and staff; and
  • acclimate to the PC environment prior to full-time matriculation.
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