Freshman Summer Program (FSP)

June 14 - July 17, 2020Freshman 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?










Who can participate?


Students eligible to participate in the Freshman Summer Program:

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

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

  • HSRI score = ACT Composite / 2 + Cumulative GPA (unweighted) x 1  
  • Example:
    ACT of 22/2 = 11 + GPA of 3.0 x 10 = 30
    11 + 30 = HSRI score of 41




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 (Students are enrolled in these courses based on their ACT/SAT reading, writing and math sub scores (for more details go to

Academic Preparation and Placement (APP) Math (UK 101: APP Student Success)

APP Student Success is a specialty section of UK 101 designed to help new students transition to University life through engagement with building academic success, promoting personal growth, fostering growth mindsets, foster a sense of belonging and community, and building fundamental concepts of mathematics. Students are given the opportunity to demonstrate mathematics college readiness by taking the ALEKS placement test upon course completion. This unique UK 101 and mathematics combined support approach allows students to work at an individualized pace in a supportive classroom environment. Students are assisted by their instructor and peer tutor for one on one and small group instruction.

Students and parents are responsible for:  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 $3056 for 4 credit hours and $3820 for 5 credit hours. For students who will be required to enroll in one online and one regular course, the out-of- state portion of tuition is $1528 for 5 credits and $764 for 4 credits.)    

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 up to 5 College Credits (WRD 110, APP Math (UK 101 Specialty section: APP Student  Success), UK 101, 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

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
  • Math and Science Study Groups or Monitored Study



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 (Please do not mail the program fee with your application.)  The program fee is due when you check into the residence hall on June 14th. We accept only checks and money orders.
    • Pell-eligible students can apply for assistance with paying this program fee.  Please refer to your financial aide packet to determine whether you pell-eligible.  (Assistance is limited, so you are encouraged to apply as soon as possible).
  • $100 Activity Fee
  • 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) 

Why should I participate in FSP?

  • To earn at least 4 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!

Inquiries should be directed to:

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