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New summer academy to serve high school students


New summer academy
to serve high school students

UVM continues a tradition of inviting high school students to its campus to experience college up close and personal while earning college credit. The new Summer Academy, which runs July 15-August 9, 2013, expands the possibilities for students eager to live and learn in a university setting, all before earning a high school diploma.

The program is a partnership between UVM Admissions and Division of Continuing Education and Summer Session. “It’s the ideal way for students to get a head start on college,” says Beth Wiser, director of admissions at UVM. “Successful students can earn three college credits, which they may use toward their degree upon their admission and enrollment at UVM, or transfer them to almost any college or university.”

High school students have a unique opportunity to engage with faculty and benefit from UVM’s state-of-the-art resources. Summer Academy offers five courses: business and economics, engineering and design, human health and medicine, environment and natural resources, and leadership and activism. Students in engineering and health courses will have access to the Fabrication Lab at UVM and the Clinical Simulation Lab at the College of Medicine.

Coursework will challenge students to study locally, but think globally. And there’s the added benefit of living in Burlington in summer, a time rich with festivals and all the great outdoors of Vermont has to offer.

“Students will gain a deeper understanding of complex ecological, economic, and social issues through case studies, fieldwork, lectures with leading faculty, films and discussions with global thought leaders, company visits, and group projects,” says Cynthia Belliveau, dean of Continuing Education. “They’ll develop an ability to understand complex systems, paired with an ethic of civic and environmental responsibility and stewardship.”

Summer Academy is made up of two weeks of on-campus learning (July 15-26) and two weeks of online learning (July 29-August 9). Students are required to participate in the residential program. While on  campus, students may take advantage of series of workshops designed to help them learn about college choices, better understand the admissions process, and prepare for success.

Students who have completed their sophomore or junior year are eligible for the Summer Academy. Out-of-state students who successfully complete Summer Academy courses with a B- or better, and enroll at UVM as a degree student, are eligible to receive a $1,000 annual scholarship in addition to any other financial aid that they receive. 

The application period is open now with a priority deadline of April 1, 2013. A total of 125 students will be accepted.

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