ASI Dates for 2020: June 22 - July 31, 2020 

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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 the 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.

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:

  • One Course with ASI cohort group and ASI Program Director as co-instructor: 
    • Semester 1: UWL 100 (First year seminar)
  • Academic Advising with ASI Program Director
  • Financial Aid advising (OMSS)

Application Information & Process

  • Submitting an application for admission to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse is a requirement for participation. The UW System application is available online at  http://apply.wisconsin.edu.
  •  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 Latinx/Hispanic)
    • At an economic disadvantage (low-income according to Federal guidelines)
  • 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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ASI Application Deadlines

For Applications Received by December 31, 2019

Interview period is between January 6 - February 28, 2020

Decisions will be announced in March 2020

All accepted students must confirm participation and submit a $10 deposit by April 10, 2020.

Deposits are refundable if cancelled by May 1, 2020. Cancellations made after May 1 are non-refundable. Deposits will be returned to students the first day of ASI.

Applicants that do not schedule an interview during this period must schedule one by end date in Cycle 2; interviews not guaranteed for applicants unscheduled after Cycle 2

For Applications Received Between January 1-April 31, 2020

Interview period is between April 1 - May 15, 2020

Decisions will be announced in May 2020; preference is to have all ASI spots filled by the end of May

All accepted students must confirm participation and submit a $10 deposit by May 22, 2020

Deposits are refundable if cancelled by May 22, 2020. Cancellations made after May 22 are non-refundable. Deposits will be returned to students the first day of ASI.

Applicants that do not schedule an interview during this period may not be considered for admission to ASI. ASI applications received after April 31st may not be considered for ASI or put on a wait list depending on number of spots available.

For Applications Received Between May 1-29, 2020

Interview period is between May 18 - June 1, 2020, if spots are available

Decisions will be announced by June 5, 2020

All accepted students must confirm participation and submit a $10 deposit by June 8, 2020.

Deposits are refundable if cancelled by June 10, 2020. Cancellations made after June 10 are non-refundable. Deposits will be returned to students the first day of ASI.

Applicants that do not schedule an interview during this period may not be considered for admission to ASI. ASI applications received after April 31st may not be considered for admission to ASI or put on a wait list depending on number of spots available. 

Program Requirements

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Admissions Requirements

Final High School Transcript must be submitted to the Office of Admissions a week before ASI classes start. If a student’s school will not have final transcripts available by that time, they must contact either the ASI Director, or the Admissions Office.

Your admission has been granted based on your past academic record and your courses in progress this year.  Final admission is contingent upon:

  1. Maintaining your class rank/cumulative grade point average.
  2. Successfully completing all of the courses identified on your application for admission. 
  3. Submission of an official final high school transcript upon graduation

Academic Requirements

ASI Students Must

  1. Pass all classes in accordance to UWL’s academic standards (2.0 GPA minimum)
    1. Fall admittance is still at the ASI and Admissions Directors discretion
  2. Take fall course, UWL 100 with the ASI Director. All ASI students will be in the same section. UWL 100 is a continuation of the summer program in terms of supporting students with the transition to college, particularly the fall semester.

Non-Academic Requirements

ASI Students Must

  1. Attend weekend student orientation on Saturday and Sunday before classes start (must be on-campus all weekend)
  2. Be on time and attend all classes AND the Math Study Skills Workshop, study sessions (3 times a week), workshops (one a week), small and large group meetings (weekly on Sundays and Fridays) and other ASI group events/activities scheduled throughout the summer
    1. Be an active participant and engaged during these sessions
  3. Follow UWL and Residence Life regulations and policies – violations (depending on severity) will result in dismissal from program
  4. Meet twice with the ASI Director during the summer for academic advising
  5. Meet once with an SSS advisor if eligible for SSS services
  6. Meet once with an advisor in the Financial Aid office
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Q1: If I am referred to the ASI program by the Admissions office, am I automatically part of the program?

A: No. Students need to complete and submit an ASI application (either paper copy or electronic version), and go through the interview process. The ASI Director will make a decision after the personal interview and inform students of their acceptance.

Q2: If I am a local student, am I required to stay in the residence hall during ASI?

A: We encourage and prefer all ASI students to stay in Reuter Hall during ASI. The purpose is to create a living community for our students. A central location is advantageous for structured group activities and events, along with the ideal space for cultivating strong bonds between students and ASI staff. Students also get the opportunity to experience the residence halls before fall semester, and learn how to set roommate agreements and expectations. Students should contact the ASI Director to discuss specific circumstances.

Q3: If I am referred to the ASI program by the Admissions Office, does that mean I am required to participate in ASI?

A: Yes, your admission to UWL is conditional upon successful completion of the ASI summer program.

Q4: What does “successful completion” mean?

A: “Successful Completion” means that a student must earn acceptable grades (2.0 G.P.A), participate in required activities outside of class, including mandatory tutoring sessions, and attend class consistently. ASI students must also adhere to all guidelines outlined in the UWL Student Handbook, specifically the conduct on university lands, Chapter UWS 18. Additionally, the ASI Director and faculty members have discretion when determining whether an ASI student has successfully completed the summer program.

Q5: If I am a local student, can I work during ASI?

A: Our expectation is that students commit 100% of their time during the weekdays to ASI. There are no structured, mandatory activities on the weekends, so students are free until Sunday night check in.

Q6: When is the deadline to apply to ASI?

A: There is no hard deadline, however, we highly encourage any student interested in ASI to apply by March. Spots usually fill up by late April/early May depending on the year, and the program will wait-list applications received after spots are filled. See Cycles above for specific dates and deadlines.

Questions can be directed to Monica Yang (myang@uwlax.edu, 608-785-8225)