A new program at Western Kentucky University will make students’ first college experience more affordable and less intimidating. It will also prepare students for success.
WKU Summer Start is a unique summer introduction to college for first-year students, connecting them to campus life while living in residence halls. Students complete six credit hours and take advantage of tuition savings, as well as get to know other new students and staff through social events and activities.
WKU Summer Sessions Coordinator Alicia Bingham said, “The goal with Summer Start is to help students ease into college life by taking a small number of classes, experiencing residence hall life and getting to know other incoming students through a living learning community.”
Bingham stated that the program encourages faculty/student mentorship and insight into WKU resources that will help them throughout their college career.
“Starting college can be overwhelming for first-year students,” said Director, Continuing & Professional Development Derek Olive.
“WKU Summer Start offers a small, supportive environment that allows students to acclimate to the overall college experience – living on campus, small class sizes, interacting with faculty, studying, taking exams, meeting other students – and be fully prepared to start classes in the fall,” said Olive .
The program includes housing, meal plan, M.A.S.T.E.R. Plan, organized social outings and a discounted tuition rate (20-60% discount, depending on the student’s in-state or out-of-state status) of $3,100. Students are required to have a current FAFSA on file, which, along with financial aid, may cover the program cost.
WKU Provost Dr. David Lee said that this new program will help students succeed, which is a top priority for the University.
“At WKU, we measure ourselves by the success of our students. WKU Summer Start is a great way for students to make the transition to college and prepare for future success,” said Lee.
The program runs July 15-August 10. Applications are due March 31 and are available online at www.wku.edu/summerstart. Space is limited.
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Director, Continuing and Professional Development