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Stairs to Success

Your Four-Year developmental plan for student success and keeping the Keystone Promise.

Open each of the steps to view your plan.

First Year

Explore possibilities and identify pathways  to success.


First Year: Believe in Yourself

Attend Orientations

  • Attend Orientation in the summer
  • Attend Welcome Weekend 

Actively participate in First Year Seminar

  • Attend First Year Seminar classes, participate in class discussions, and attend campus events.

Meet with your academic advisor.

  • Discuss interests and goals to prepare for your future.

Attend the Major Exploration Fair

  • Declare a major, double major, or declare a minor
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Keystone Promise Requirement

Interact with your mentor

  • The College’s academic advisors are happy to help you plan your classes and activities at Keystone!

Second Year

Interact with faculty and discover campus and service opportunities.


Second Year: Belong at Keystone and in the Community

Attend Sophomore Success and Community Day

  • Connect with your peers and mentors.

Participate in Activities

  • Join co-curricular and/or extracurricular activities such as athletics, clubs, community service, performance music, or other activities.
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Keystone Promise Requirements

  • Write a resume and upload it to Handshake.
  • Write a cover letter and upload it to Handshake.

Third Year

Fine-tune your educational and career plan with advisors.


Third Year: Become an Advocate for your Future

Build and maintain relationships

  • Actively build and maintain your academic and professional relationships
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Keystone Promise Requirements

  • Attend the Career, Internship, and Graduate School Fair
  • Identify three professional references and upload them to Handshake
  • Create a LinkedIn profile and assess your digital brand
  • Complete experiential learning, internship, service learning, or shadowing opportunities

Fourth Year

Finalize career decisions and prepare for post-college.


Fourth Year: Become Your Best Self

Successfully complete your culminating senior experience

  • Senior Seminar
  • Senior Capstone

Job Searches

  • Conduct graduate school and or job searches

Attend 100 Days to Graduation celebration

  • This event will help you network with your senior class

Participate in Grad Finale

  • Complete important paperwork, receive tickets to Commencement and your gap and gown, and pose for a graduation portrait

Celebrate your achievements at Commencement

  • You did it!
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Keystone Promise requirement

  • Participate in Mock Interview Day or an interviewing workshop

Our Pledge to You

What is the Stairs to Success Program?

A four-year developmental plan outlining specific steps traditional undergraduate students should complete to develop and succeed at Keystone College and post-graduation. The steps emphasize academic skills, campus engagement, career preparation, and the importance of participating in co-curricular and extracurricular opportunities. While the program is designed to engage students and promote success. The “Stairs to Success” program gives students continuous guidance during their time at Keystone.

Lastly, if all designated Keystone Promise steps are completed, students will be covered by The Keystone Promise after graduation. The Keystone Promise is our pledge to students that they will have a job offer or a placement in graduate school within six months of graduating.

Keeping the Promise

You will enter a caring, friendly community where you will always be treated as a person, never a number. As a Keystone College student you will grow and change using our developmental plan, “The Stairs to Success.” This structured plan describes events, academic curriculum, and career development opportunities that, if followed, will make the most of your college years and help you achieve the Promise, and most of all, succeed with your academic goals and career dreams.


Keep track of your success

Login to Moodle and check off the items you’ve completed.

Login to Handshake

Explore and find amazing job and internship opportunities with Handshake. See relevant career articles, sign up for events and workshops and access the on-campus recruiting program.

Contact your advisor

Your assigned academic advisor is determined by your major. Learn more here.

Student Success Center

The Student Success Center offers a comprehensive support system that caters to the unique needs of each student. Learn More

Catalog and Academic Maps

View MyKC for curriculum maps, recommended sequence of courses, and general education requirements. Latest catalog is posted here.