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Ivy Achieves is a network of support designed to help first-time college students who have historically been underrepresented in higher education to navigate college life successfully. We know that with all that Ivy Tech has to offer, it can be hard for students to know just where to start or what questions to ask to make sure they are on the right track. 

The Ivy Achieves program connects eligible students with a designated Campus Lead, an Ivy Tech staff member who is focused on connecting students to evidence-based activities and guidance to navigate college successfully.  

Ivy Achieves promotes a set of ten habits that will help students succeed in their first semester and beyond at Ivy Tech. Read on to learn more about these habits. 


  1. Register early.
    Registering at least 30 days before the start of term will help students get into classes they need and create a schedule that works for them.
  2. Maintain a C or better in all courses.
    Completing all courses in good academic standing helps students stay on track. 
  3. Use IvyLearn (Canvas) consistently.
    Logging into IvyLearn at least once per week helps students stay on top of their courses.
  4. Meet with an academic advisor or career coach regularly.
    Academic advisors help students determine the most effective path for meeting their academic and career goals. Career coaches help prepare them for a career after college through resume building, interview skills, internship opportunities, and networking events. 
  5. Have a valid and approved Academic Completion Plan (ACP).
    Every student should have an ACP, which is developed with their academic advisor. The ACP is their roadmap to graduation. The ACP will help students stay on track, register for the right courses, and accomplish their goals in a timely manner.
  6. Take all courses on the ACP.
    Students should follow their ACP closely to save time and money as they complete their coursework and only take classes that will help them achieve their degree.
  7. Complete the FAFSA on time.
    The Free Application for Federal Student Aid, also known as the FAFSA, is the gateway for students to receive financial aid. It is critical that this application is completed by April 15 each year in order to receive aid for the upcoming academic year. 
  8. Be in paid status by Start of Term.
    Students must ensure they are paid in full, on an approved payment plan, or have an approved financial aid plan in place to remain enrolled at the start of term.
  9. Enroll in and complete IVYT.
    IVYT is an introductory, one-credit class that prepares students with the right skillsets to navigate college successfully.
  10. Participate in Orientation.
    Orientation helps students learn about everything Ivy Tech has to offer including meeting new people, learning about Ivy Tech’s stackable credentials and degrees, familiarizing themselves with campus services and organizations, and other important onboarding requirements.


Ivy Achieves is operating at 10 pilot campuses for the 2022-2023 academic year with plans to expand to all 19 Ivy Tech campuses over the next 2 years.

Academic Year 2022-2023 Pilot Campuses:

  • Richmond 
  • Kokomo
  • Muncie
  • Marion
  • Terre Haute
  • Lafayette
  • Bloomington
  • Sellersburg
  • Lawrenceburg
  • Evansville