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Summer Scholars Academy at Saint Paul College

The Summer Scholars Academy is designed to help you be successful in college-level courses in the fall and to ease your transition to college. Whether you are an entering college freshman who recently graduated from high school or a student returning to school after time away, this program is designed to be a free* alternative to developmental education courses, saving you time and money. Summer Scholars Academy will help ease the transition to college life by providing you opportunity to build your confidence as a scholar while networking with fellow students and Saint Paul College staff and faculty.​ Download PDF of Summer Scholars Academy 2017 Information​.

Why should you participate?

Enhance Your Skills and Knowledge
Program courses are focused on building knowledge and skills in reading, writing, and/or math. You will also gain success strategies such as time management, study skills, technology skills, and financial literacy. With individualized support from Saint Paul College faculty and staff this program will not only help you become a stronger student, but can help you focus on the road ahead, potentially saving you time and money

Meet Fellow Students
The Summer Scholars Academy is ideal for getting to know peers who can support you during the program and beyond. The program enrolls a small cohort of students, providing ample opportunity for you to get to know other college students as you work, learn, think, and have fun together.

Plan for Your Future
In addition to preparing you for the near future of starting college in the fall, the Summer Scholars Academy is a chance to think and dream even bigger. Saint Paul College can assist you in considering your academic and career goals and help map out the best path to achieving them.

Explore What Saint Paul College Has to Offer
Saint Paul College is bursting with resources that are at your disposal and can help you succeed in college and beyond. Through Summer Scholars Academy, you have an opportunity to learn about resources and services for students such as tutoring, counseling, the Writing Center, the Math Center workshops, campus events, and more.

Get a Return On Your Investment
In addition to your time and commitment to the program, the Summer Scholars Academy requires a $75 application fee.* However, choosing to invest in yourself pays. If you meet all the program requirements, you will receive support for transportation costs. You may also earn a $150 scholarship toward your fall semester tuition upon successful completion of the Summer Scholars Academy when you register for fall courses at any college or university that is part of Minnesota State.

*Individuals who wish to participate in the Summer Scholars Academy but are facing financial hardship should contact Tarah Bjorklund for information to explore possible assistance options.

Dates and Location​
ReadingMonday & Wednesday9:00am - 11:00amJuly 10 - August 2
WritingTuesday & Thursday9:00am - 11:00amJuly 11 - August 3
MathMonday & Wednesday1:00pm - 3:00pmJuly 10 - August 2
Course Descriptions

Reading
In the reading 16-hour “mini-course” you will learn, refresh and practice skills required to be a successful college reader. You will improve your reading comprehension by learning and practicing active reading and learning strategies such as annotating, note taking, building vocabulary, and developing test taking skills. You will demonstrate understanding of a variety of college reading materials through writing, quizzing, discussion, and a final exam. At the end of the course, you will retake the ACCUPLACER assessment, which, combined with your course performance and instructor recommendation, will determine your fall reading placement. ​

Writing
The writing 16-hour “mini-course” will help students prepare to participate successfully in college writing courses. Participants will review and practice a range of writing skills, including producing essays with effective paragraphs, authentic voice, and sentence variety. In addition, students will learn to use writing as a tool for both improving study skills and responding to readings. At the end of the course, participants will retake the ACCUPLACER assessment, which, along with the instructor’s recommendations, will determine their fall semester writing course placement. ​

Math
The math 16-hour summer class will help students prepare to participate successfully in College-level math courses. Participants will review and practice a range of mathematical skills, including manipulating and factoring algebraic expressions, graphing linear equations, solving equations involving first and second degree polynomials as well as rational and radical expressions, and understanding the properties of a function. In addition, students will learn study strategies, computer skills, and identify academic resources at the College. At the end of the course, participants will retake the ACCUPLACER assessment, which, along with the instructor’s recommendations, will determine their fall semester math course placement. ​​

Let us know you are interested!

This program only enrolls a small cohort of students, so don’t delay in responding to this invitation. Contact our Summer Scholars Academy coordinator – Tarah Bjorklund to learn more or get signed up.

Tarah Bjorklund
Pathway Advisor
651.846.1415
Tarah.Bjorklund@saintpaul.edu


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