About CARE

CARE Logo (New)_0.jpgThe Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement was created at the Florida State University in 1968 as Horizons Unlimited. In 1978, the Summer Enrichment Program was established to provide a transition support program for minority students enrolling at FSU.

In January 2000, FSU combined Horizons Unlimited, Multicultural Student Support Services, Minority Academic Programs, College Achievement, Multicultural Student Affairs, and the Summer Enrichment Program into one entity, thus establishing the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement (CARE).

CARE operates to provide equity and access to traditionally underrepresented students disadvantaged by virtue of educational and socioeconomic reasons. It is housed as a dual-reporting department in both the Division of Student Affairs and Division of Undergraduate Studies.


The mission of the Center for Academic Retention and Enhancement is to contribute to the successful retention and graduation of undergraduate students who have been disadvantaged by virtue of economic or educational circumstances.


Motivate and prepare targeted middle/high school students to pursue higher education. Recruit, prepare, and support targeted first generation college students for successful adaptation and academic success at the undergraduate level.

Director's Message

Welcome to CARE from the Director, Tadarrayl Starke

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History of CARE

Take a brief look at the history of the Department.

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CARE Staff

CARE is led by a talent group of individuals ready to serve.

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CARE in the News

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