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Academic Success Institute

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

Coordinator: Connie Vanderhyden, Email: cvanderhyden@uwlax.edu, 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)

Advantages

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.

FIRST-YEAR EXPERIENCE

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  http://apply.wisconsin.edu.
  2. Once invited to the program students will also complete an ASI application and have an interview with the program director prior to acceptance.
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