Freshman Summer Program (FSP)
June 16 - July 19, 2019
The University of Kentucky (UK) Freshman Summer Program (FSP) is a five- week residential academic enrichment program designed to assist students with transitioning from high school to college and prepare them for the academic rigor of UK. The program is targeted to underrepresented minority student groups including, but not limited to African American, Hispanic/Latino, American Indian, Multi-racial, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, first generation and low-income students admitted to UK for the 2019 Fall Semester. The program goal is to facilitate building a solid foundation that leads to increased retention and ultimately graduation. FSP participants will enroll in college level courses, engage in activities that allow them to have an understandable introduction to academic expectations through classroom experiences with faculty, learn about and connect to campus resources, i.e. services, programs and people, and begin to develop a sense of belonging and community. Students will be better prepared to navigate the University.
How do I apply to the program?
Who can participate?
Students eligible to participate
in the Freshman Summer Program:
|Must be admitted to UK for the 2019 - 2020
Have not yet achieved the required minimum College Readiness Indicator sub-scores as defined by the Council on Postsecondary Education in English (18), Math (19) and Reading (20). For more detailed information click here http://www.uky.edu/app/placement-testing.
Have a High School Readiness Index (HSRI) score less than 46
- Academic Preparation and Placement (APP) Reading, Writing and Math
- APP Math - UK 095/096
- APP Reading - UK 120
- APP Writing - UK 130
- Study Smarter Workshop
- Interest Groups
Writing, Rhetoric, and Digital Studies (WRD 110): This class focuses on critical inquiry and research. Students will engage in reflective thinking and analysis. WRD 110 asks students to write and speak effectively about local issues. This course places special emphasis on the skills of conducting primary and secondary research, as well as how to use visuals and online resources to enhance writing and oral presentations. Students will develop an understanding of the characteristics of good writing and the methods for becoming a confident writer in this new environment.
*Students who have earned previous credit in WRD 110 will enroll in STA 210 during the summer.
Academic Preparation and Placement (APP) Reading, Writing and Math (Students are enrolled in these courses based on their ACT/SAT reading, writing and math sub scores (for more details go to http://www.uky.edu/app/placement-testing).
APP Math - UK 095/096
These courses are designed to further a student's understanding of the fundamental concepts of mathematics, so that they are equipped to handle more advanced topics in subsequent mathematics courses. UK095 provides support in preparation for MA111 (Introduction to Contemporary Math) and UK096 provides support in preparation for MA109 (College Algebra).
APP Reading - UK 120
This course is designed to develop critical reading strategies necessary to demonstrate college readiness. These strategies are crucial to being successful at UK throughout the academic experience. This course gives students an opportunity to learn and practice what it means to be an active and engaged reader.
APP Writing - UK 130
This writing course is designed to empower students to master critical college analytical writing concepts while including multiple points of intervention and access to resources in support of students’ regular course work. Trained learning specialists guide students in support of academic success and are available for inside and outside of classroom support.
The focus of the Interest Groups is to build a peer community of students with similar interests, needs, or from similar backgrounds. Programming will be designed to help students address concerns, learn more about their interest or just establish meaningful networks that allow them to develop a sense of their personal identity. Group topics may be educational, intellectual, related to personal development, cultural or social. Students who participate in the Interest Groups will build strong networks and develop a feeling of camaraderie.
- Earn up to 3 College Credits (WRD 110, UK 095/096 (Math APP), UK 120 (Reading APP), UK 130 (Writing APP) or STA 210)
- Attend the first See Blue U Orientation
- Meet one-on-one with their assigned financial aid counselor to resolve issues before the semester begins or to learn about financial resources
- Learn study skills essential to college level course success
- Learn how to effectively communicate with professors and staff
- Learn about and connect to campus resources
- Learn the language and systems of their new environment
- Meet and network with university administrators, faculty, staff and students to enhance their sense of belonging
- Learn how to get involved on campus through student organizations
- Tour the Campus and Lexington Community
- Participate in educational and cultural outings
- Academic Progress Sessions with a CARES Counselor
- Math and Science Study Groups
- Individual Tutoring (as needed)
- Freshman Focus Workshops
- Enrichment and Social Activities
- in-state tuition for required FSP course(s)
- some activity fees
- $500 Program Fee (Please do not mail the program fee with your application.
- The program fee is due when you check into the residence hall on June 9th. We accept only checks and money orders)
- educational materials and supplies
- some activity fees
- $17 for UK student ID card
- out-of-state portion of tuition for students living outside of KY (if applicable)
(The out-of-state portion of tuition that students and parents pay is approximately $2097 for a 3-credit course)
- To earn at least 3 college credits
- Opportunity to attend the first See Blue U Orientation
- Meet students, faculty and staff
- Learn to navigate campus when it is not as busy as when school is in session
- Cultural and Educational Outings
- Jump start your college career!