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Compass Program

We would also like to introduce you to the IRIS Team and Compass, IRIS’s academic support program. We are excited you’ve chosen to pursue higher education and believe you can achieve your educational goals at CMU with support from Compass. The mission of Compass is to empower you with the knowledge, skills and confidence necessary to navigate the challenges of college life with resilience and humility.

As a Compass student, you will:

  • Meet with your individual IRIS Advisor for one-on-one advising to help you plan your progress toward your degree and your student finances. Your IRIS Advisor is your go-to person on campus and is here to support, guide, and empower you to achieve your goals.
  • Grow your student success skills in UNIV 100 – College Success Skills.
  • Explore your strengths and career pathways through stackable degree tracks and major/career advising.
  • Connect with your Compass Peer Advisor for peer-to-peer tips on navigating college.
  • Build community with other Compass students in paired course options that include embedded peer support and smaller class sizes.
  • Engage with the campus community by participating in student success workshops and events.

By applying to CMU and participating in Compass, you’re already taking your first steps in your college journey. The IRIS Advising Team is here to support you in your next steps. We’re excited to work with you and help you create your college roadmap with Compass.