Freshman Summer Program (FSP)

June 14 - July 17, 2020

Freshman Summer Program

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 is targeted to 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 2020 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 your online application and upload your senior year class schedule, teacher 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).






Who can participate?


Students eligible to participate in the Freshman Summer Program:

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Blue Paw Bullet Point Must be admitted to UK for the 2020 - 2021 Academic Year and confirm that you will be attending UK.
Blue Paw Bullet Point

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/or Reading (20).  For more detailed information click here

Blue Paw Bullet Point

Have a High School Readiness Index (HSRI) score less than 46

  • HSRI score = ACT Composite / 2 + Cumulative GPA (unweighted) x 10  
  • Example:
    ACT of 22/2 = 11 + GPA of 3.0 x 10 = 30
    11 + 30 = HSRI score of 41

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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) Math (UK 100: APP Student Success)

APP Student Success is a section of UK 100 designed to help students through engagement with building academic success, fostering growth mindsets, and building fundamental concepts of mathematics. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate mathematics college readiness by taking the ALEKS placement test at course completion. The ALEKS approach allows students to work at an individualized pace in a supportive classroom environment. Students are assisted by their instructor and peer instructor for one on one and small group instruction. This course replaces UK 095, UK 096, & UK 101: APP Student Success.


ALEKS Learning Lab

 This lab is designed to help students focus on their individualized math content need within ALEKS PPL modules (e.g., college algebra, pre-calculus, calculus). Students work to meet their math goals through ALEKS learning objectives, engaging in a math growth mindset, creating an ALEKS math notebook, and setting topic goals. Students are assisted by their lab instructor and peer instructors for one on one and small group instruction. The lab will work to prepare students for individual student success on the ALEKS placement test and focus on mathematics growth mindset.



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).


UK 101

This course is designed to assist undergraduates in adjusting to the academic life of the University. Through lectures, discussions, exercises, and out-of-class assignments, UK 101 helps first-year students: articulate the purpose and nature of a college education at a research university; articulate UK's expectations of its students; gain an appreciation of the University’s mission, history, and traditions; develop skills for achieving academic success such as study strategies and library research skills; increase awareness and use of campus resources; reflect on personal and social issues that first-year students often face in a college environment; become involved in the total life of the University; and form beneficial relationships with students, faculty, and staff.


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 4-6 College Credits (WRD 110, UK  100, STA 210 and/or UK 101)
  • 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
  • Meals
  • In-state tuition for required FSP course(s)
  • Some activity fees

Students and Parents are responsible for:

  • $500 Program Fee and $100 activity fee (Please do not mail the fees with your application.)  The fees are due when you check into the residence hall on June 14th. We accept only checks and 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
  • $17 for UK student ID card (cost of ID holder is optional - $5)
  • Out-of-state portion of tuition for students living outside of KY (if applicable).  (The out-of-state portion of tuition that student and parents pay is approximately $4,584 for 6 credit hours and $3,056 for 4 credit hours.  This is based on required course placement). 

Why should I participate in FSP?

  • To earn college credits
  • Opportunity to attend an early 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!

Inquiries should be directed to:

Center for Academic Resources and Enrichment Services (CARES)
(859) 323-6347