Latino Promise helped to guide me in the right direction for a good future. They taught me the importance of responsibility, volunteering and being a leader, while providing me with endless support and advice that I may not have received at a larger university. Professor Oujo was a great mentor, and overall, it was a great two years!

— Carolina Zardoya, Latino Promise, 2013

Designed to help Latino students achieve their college goals, FDU’s Latino Promise Program provides a personalized approach to higher education for high school students in pursuit of an Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree. With the support of a bilingual staff and professors who are committed to their students’ success, Latino Promise students reap the benefits of a small program tailored to their unique needs with the vast resources of a large, private university at their fingertips.

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.

Upon program completion, students receive an Associate’s Degree or 60 college credits towards their intended major for a bachelor’s degree. Students can declare their major at FDU or transfer to another college or university.

Program highlights

  • Experience a Day At Latino Promise. Students along with their teachers, guidance counselors, and other school administrators are invited to spend the day at FDU to learn what a day in the life of a Latino Promise student is like. Activities include sitting in on a college class, taking a tour around campus, participating in a candid Q&A session with current students, and having 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. Students and their families are invited to learn more about the program and to take the next steps toward enrollment, including finding out where they stand in the financial aid process and taking placement tests for fall courses.
  • Latino Promise Summer Social. During this event, entering first-year students meet not only each other, but also meet second-year students and professors. Students also pick up their fall schedules.

Additional highlights:

  • One-on-one academic advising.
  • Career development.
  • Option to live in residence halls on campus.
  • Latino community development and volunteerism.
  • Latino leadership development.
  • Study abroad opportunities.
  • Associate’s degree or 60 college credits towards intended major.
  • Field trips to Philadelphia, Trenton, Washington, D.C., New York City, Colonial Williamsburg, and Gettysburg, among others

Admissions requirements

To apply to Latino Promise, students need:

  • Completed application
  • Official high school and/or college transcripts (for transfer students)
  • Letters of recommendation (optional)
  • SAT or ACT scores (optional)

There is no application fee for applicants to the Associate’s degree programs. Applications are accepted on a rolling admissions basis, but applying early is encouraged. 

Degree paths

Latino Promise students may pursue a two-year, 60-credit Associate of Arts or Associate of Science degree, studying on FDU’s Metropolitan Campus in Teaneck. Ultimately, students may go on to earn a baccalaureate degree through FDU’s Bachelor of Arts Degree Completion Program.

FDU’s four-year, 120-credit Bachelor’s Degree offers more than 60 academic majors in allied health and nursing, business, education, engineering, computer science, hotel and restaurant management, and the liberal arts and sciences. Students enrolled in this program can live on campus in residence halls or commute to the University from home.

In addition to courses students may choose from for their associate’s 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 lectures. Students also meet with Hispanic professionals in business and community leaders discussing topics ranging from overcoming cultural obstacles to achieving entrepreneurial and personal success. Latino Promise students hear firsthand about dressing for success, interviewing skills, conflict resolution, and much more.

Latino Promise vs. HACER

Latino Promise and HACER are sister programs, both designed for Latino students to receive a personalized approach to higher education. Latino Promise is for students with English fluency while HACER is for English language learners and includes free ESL courses.

FDU is a member of the Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU).

Program learning outcomes

Each college program has identified outcome measures that indicate whether students are successful in meeting the specific outcomes for the program. The following are outcome measures that will be assessed for the AA program in Petrocelli College:

  • Communication: An FDU graduate will demonstrate the ability to effectively communication in oral and written form using technology as a tool to enhance presentations when appropriate.
  • Critical Thinking: An FDU graduate will demonstrate the ability to use critical thinking skills to understand and solve problems from a variety of perspectives and in a global context.
  • Analytic Understanding: An understanding of basic mathematical tools and principles.
  • Leadership: An FDU graduate will demonstrate knowledge of fundamental leadership skills that can be applied in personal and professional situations.
  • Bilingual Programs Additional Learning Goal
  • ESL: An FDU graduate will demonstrate proficiency in English language skills.

For Guidance Counselors

At Latino Promise, we understand and appreciate how hard guidance counselors, teachers, and school administrators work 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 and Luncheon

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

Experience a Day At Latino Promise

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

Latino Promise is dedicated to ensuring the academic and professional success of young Hispanics. To that end, the Latino Promise Summer Program consists of a three-week intensive workshop to prepare students for their first year in college. Held in July, this free program is offered for three hours from Mondays through Wednesdays and assists students with math, English, and study skills. Upon successful completion of the Summer Program, students take placement exams that determine their fall courses. In addition, students use the skills they learned to ensure academic success as freshmen, a critical year of college.

“Latino Promise has given my students the opportunity to be successful in college by offering them small personalized classes while giving personalized attention. Not only have these students earned their associate’s degrees, but they took the skills and confidence learned with Latino Promise to earn their bachelor’s and master’s degrees and currently have successful careers in their fields.”

— Michele Martoral, School Counselor, North Bergen High

Programs for Latino Students
Contact Information
201-692-2676
201-692-2722
latinopromise@fdu.edu
@latinopromise_fdu
150 Kotte Place, H-EWC1-01, Hackensack, NJ 07601