Student Success Initiatives

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Student Success Initiatives

At the core of NJCU’s mission is Student Success. Each member of the NJCU community is personally dedicated to and accountable for ensuring that each student receives a high-quality education and a first-rate experience that leads to timely graduation with minimal debt, an academically rich degree, and a meaningful future upon graduation.

Jessica Accurso-Salguero, Ph.D.

Jessica Accurso-Salguero, Ph.D.
Director for Student Success Initiatives
Dr. Jessica Accurso-Salguero serves as the Director for Student Success Initiatives at New Jersey City University. She is a first-generation, scholar-practitioner whose research and professional experiences are dedicated to assisting students with reaching their highest potential. Dr. Accurso-Salguero is particularly passionate about working with college students to achieve their personal, professional and academic goals and believes in using strengths-based approaches and resiliency frameworks to do so.

Peer Adviser Liaisons

PALs serve as members of the University Advising Center (UAC) staff and assist students as they experience a variety of transitions including acclimation to academic life, major selection, and overall academic success at NJCU.

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PALS Application

Orientation to College

Orientation to College is a one credit course which serves as a guide to being a successful college student. In this course, students learn about habits, perspectives and resources that correspond with effective learning strategies and engaging with the campus.


ASCEND is a summer bridge program, aimed toward supporting students’ successful transition from high school to college. 


In collaboration with The Hub, SOAR, TLC & UAC

The ACES program at NJCU assists students whose cumulative GPA is less than a 2.0, providing resources for throughout the semester to promote academic success, including workshops and advising sessions.

National Student Exchange

Through NSE, students continue to make progress toward their NJCU degree while studying at another institution through out the USA, paying in-state tuition.


The Testing Services department provides placement testing for all incoming freshman and transfer students. All STEM and business majors must take a math placement exam. 

Director: Dr. Jessica Accurso-Salguero
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Success for NJCU undergraduates includes:

  • Developed expertise in a discipline
  • General education competencies
  • Experiential learning achievements
  • Global citizenship skills and orientation
  • Timely graduation with minimal debt
  • Career placement or graduate study 

University Advisement Center
Orientation to College 
Student Resources
Enrollment Process
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