ASI Dates for 2019: June 24 - August 2, 2019 

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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.

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 Latinx/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.

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. One Course with ASI cohort group and ASI Program Director as co-instructor: 
    • Semester 1: UWL 100 (First year seminar)
  2. Academic Advising with ASI Program Director
  3. 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.

Questions? Contact Monica Yang, ASI Director at 608.785.8225 or

FAQ expanding section

Q1: If I am referred to the ASI program from 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 from 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.