First-Year Students at University Park

A summer start is an opportunity to begin your time at University Park in a smaller environment. You’ll meet faculty, your adviser, and have an opportunity to familiarize yourself with the campus and community while taking two courses during Summer Session II that will count toward your degree.

At University Park, first-year students may be admitted for a summer start, or they may choose to begin their coursework in the summer by transferring their admittance from fall to summer.

What are my choices as a new, first-year student during Summer Session II?

  1. You can elect to take any two summer courses at University Park, in consultation with your academic adviser. You'll schedule these classes when you come to campus for New Student Orientation.
  2. You can choose to enroll in the Learning Edge Academic Program (LEAP). LEAP pairs academic coursework with out-of-class experiences and peer-mentoring to help you successfully transition to college. About 75% of students who begin in the summer choose to participate in LEAP, and there is no additional cost.

Begin enrolling in LEAP classes when LEAP registration opens in March.

For more information about summer costs, see these resources:

I enjoyed my summer classes. I feel as if the smaller class sie helped prepare me for exams, and I benefited from the one-on-one time I got with my professor.