Freshman advisory program: influence on student achievement as measured by student grade point averages

The purpose of this study was to determine if there was a significant difference in grade point averages between students who participated in a freshman advisory program and students who did not participate. The study was conducted at a large comprehensive high school in Central California, in which 1126 freshman students were enrolled during the 2011-12 and 2012-13 academic years. The study analyzed the freshman grade point averages comparing a random group (N=30) who attended a freshman advisory program and a random group of students (N=30) who did not attend a freshman advisory program. A t-test for independent means was used to determine if a significant difference existed between the two groups. The results suggested that students who participated in the freshman advisory program did not have an improved grade point average.