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  • Academic Success Institute

    ASI Dates for 2016:  June 17-July 29, 2016  

    Coordinator: Connie Vanderhyden, Email:, Phone 608.785.8225

    ASI is a six-week summer academic program designed to help students make a successful transition from high school to college. Students participate in a cohort group, learning from dedicated faculty and staff committed to creating an environment that supports life-long learning. Participants live in a residence hall, eat their meals at Cartwright Center Student Union, and attend classes Monday -Friday. There are additional evening workshops and occasional Friday activities. The ultimate goal of ASI is to provide each student an opportunity to be successful at UW-La Crosse and eventually graduate from the university.

    Program Requirements

    1. Submitting an application for admission to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a requirement for participation.
    2.  ADMISSIONS invites students to apply for the program if they show the need for academic support to successfully complete a college education and identify as being from one or more of the following groups:
      • A first generation college student (Neither parent received a bachelor's degree)
      • Historically under-served group (African- American, SE Asian, Native American, and Latino/Hispanic)
      • At an economic disadvantage (low-income according to Federal guidelines)


    Students who participate in the summer ASI program experience many advantages, including:

    • Earn 5 - 8 college credits.
    • Experience residence hall life.
    • Make new and lasting friendships.
    • Get comfortable with college classes and professors.
    • Learn about campus staff, services, offices, buildings, and important procedures.
    • Get a head-start on your college career.
    • Enjoy the relaxed summer-school college atmosphere.


    In addition to the ASI summer program, we offer a first-year experience program for all ASI students which includes the following advantages:

    1. Two courses with ASI cohort group and ASI program director as instructor: 
      • Semester 1: UWL 100 (First year seminar)
      • Semester 2: EFN-205 (Understanding Human Differences)
    2. Peer-Mentoring Program
    3. Academic Advising with ASI Program Director
    4. Financial Aid advising (OMSS)

    Application Information & process

    1. The UW System application, available online at
    2. Once invited to the program students will also complete an ASI application and have an interview with the program director prior to acceptance.