Freshman Summer Program 2022


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Program Description

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 targets underrepresented minority student groups including, but not limited to African American, Hispanic/Latinx, American Indian, Multi-racial, Hawaiian Pacific Islander, first generation and low-income students admitted to UK for the 2022 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?

Complete the online application and upload your senior year class scheduleteacher or counselor recommendation letter and a one-page self-description (include biographical information, educational and career goals, and why you want to participate in the Freshman Summer Program).





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 encourages 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.



The goal of this course is to help students develop or refine their statistical literacy skills. Both the informal activity of human inference arising from statistical constructs, as well as the moral formal perspectives on statistical inference found in confidence intervals and hypothesis tests are studied. Throughout, the emphasis is on understanding what distinguishes good and bad inferential reasoning in the practical world around us.  (This class is open only for those students who have received credit for ENG 101/102 or WRD 110).


Interest Groups

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.



Cultural, Recreational, and Social Activities

A full program of activities is planned to enrich participants’ summer experience, including educational tours, recreational outings, and social events.


FSP participants will:

  • Earn 3 College Credits (WRD 110 or, STA 210)
  • Attend the first or second 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


Fall Semester Activities

  • Academic Progress Sessions with a CARES Counselor
  • Math and Science Study Groups or Monitored  Study
  • Individual Tutoring (as needed)
  • Freshman Focus Workshops
  • Enrichment and Social Activities



The Program will cover the cost for:

  • Housing
  • Some Meals
  • In-state tuition for required FSP course(s)
  • Some activity fees


Students and Parents are responsible for:

  • $600 Program Fee (Please do not mail the fees with your application.)  The fee is due when you check into the residence hall on June 11th.
  • We only accept checks or money orders.
  • (*A limited number of program fee scholarships are available for pell-eligible students.  Contact the CARES office for additional information).
  • Educational materials and supplies
  • $20 for UK student ID card (cost of ID holder is optional - $5)


  • Why should I participate in FSP?
  • To earn college credits
  • Opportunity to attend an early Big Blue Nation 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!




Inquiries should be directed to:

Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services


155 Graham Ave

104 McVey Hall

Lexington, KY 40506-0045

(859) 323-6347