Summer Scholars

Register NOW!  Space is limited to 25 participants!  Registration closes at 12 pm on July 20!

Summer Scholars is a 4-week summer residential experience for new first year students. Summer Scholars is designed  to jump start your life as a Ranger by helping you earn credits early while becoming familiar with campus resources, professors, other students, and college life.

If you choose to participate in Summer Scholars, you MUST have your placement tests completed and attend First Year Orientation on July 19.  To register for Placement/Orientation, please click here.

Earn 4 college credits - for FREE!
You will be enrolled in a three-credit general education course and a one-credit elective course that introduces you to Parkside and teaches you skills to help you be academically successful.

Connect with a network of resources
Your student mentors will be there to assist you with the academic components of the program, but also to help you become familiar with college life inside and outside of classroom. Your mentor will be available to support you throughout your first year in college.

Build strong, lasting relationships
While Summer Scholars is an intensive academic experience, the program also offers the programming, structure and opportunity to really get to know the member of this cohort.

DATES: July 28-August 24


Frequently Asked Questions

Summer Scholars is a 4-week program that runs July 28 - August 24. The program is a full-day and night, residential program from Sunday night – Friday afternoon, students go home on the weekends. Please note that students must check-in for the program on Saturday, July 28 between 2pm-4pm.

There is no monetary cost to you for your fees, housing, books, or meals. This is a value of over $3,000 per student. In return, we do expect your full participation in all aspects of the Summer Scholars Program and continued participation throughout the academic year. Summer Scholars will take a common course during both fall and spring semester and be assigned a peer mentor.

First Year students accepted for Fall, 2018. Preference will be given to first generation, underrepresented students.

We expect to select 25 students to participate in the Summer Scholar program for Summer, 2018.

Step 1: Eligible students can apply to participate online.

Step 2: Application is reviewed by Summer Scholars staff.

Step 3: If the application is complete, the student is able to commit to participating in all aspects of the program and there is space available, the student is accepted into the program.

Yes! All students must complete placement testing and Orientation prior to participating in the Summer Scholars program. It is recommended that all Summer Scholars participants attend Orientation on July 19.

No. If you are eligible for both programs, you will need to choose which program to participate in.

Yes. Students that are eligible for Math Move-Up 10 or Math Move-Up 15 can participate in Math Move-Up and Summer Scholars. All students participating in Summer Scholars will need to participate in 8 a.m. section of Math 10 or 15 Move-Up.

Yes, all students participating in Summer Scholars must live on-campus in Ranger Hall Sunday through Friday afternoon in order to participate in the scheduled activities of the program. Summer Scholars is designed as a full participation academic and residential program that will only benefit you if you spend a majority of your time with us.

No, students participating in Summer Scholars return home on Friday evening after the program is over for the week. The program resumes Sunday at 6:00pm each week and students are expected to be back on-campus by that time.

You will need to bring linens for your bed, a pillow, towels, toiletries, clothing, snacks, and any other personal items you may need throughout the week. No electronics or refrigerator provided in your room. The rooms are air conditioned.

Yes. You will be paired with another student participating in Summer Scholars.

If you have not indicated a roommate choice on your housing application, your summer scholars roommate will most likely be your roommate for fall.

Philosophy 101: Introduction to Philosophy. The following is the course description: An introduction to philosophical method and typical philosophical issues, such as the existence of God, life after death, freewill, the nature and sources of knowledge, and the nature of justice. In addition, Summer Scholars will take UWP 111: Freshman Seminar. The following is the course description: Students will be provided instruction on study skills, test taking strategies, an overview of student services provides on

campus and how to effectively use them, and specific information on majors, colleges, and career/educational planning.

Yes. Upon successful completion you will receive 4 credits of academic credit for Summer Scholars, which will go towards your general education graduation requirement.

Yes. Your course materials will be provided and will be free of charge unless you fail to return the materials at the end of the summer program.

Maybe. As a participant in the Summer Scholar program you are required to live on-campus and attended all scheduled activities and events from 6:30pm – 9:00pm on Sunday’s, 9:00am – 9:00pm Monday – Thursday, and 9:00am – 5:00pm on Friday. Students could potentially work on the weekends if their schedule permits.

It will depend on the schedule for the week. You will receive the schedule for the next week on the Friday of the week before.

Yes, you may have a car on-campus.

No, the Summer Scholars program will provide you with a temporary parking pass.

Summer Scholars are required to check-in for the program on Saturday, July 28 between 2:00pm-4:00pm in Ranger Hall. 4135 University Dr., Kenosha, WI 53144.

Yes. Visitors are welcomed, but only during non-scheduled activity times.

No. Visitors may not spend the night.

If you have questions regarding Summer Scholars, please email

Sponsored by the

Office of Multicultural Student Affairs, Office of Diversity and Inclusion, and College of Social Science and Professional Studies

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