From the Vice Provost
In this issue, I want to tell you about a new pilot program that will begin with the high school graduating class of 2016. Purdue will begin offering a small population of students the option to begin their education on our West Lafayette campus in the summer.
The “Summer Start” session is intended for students who may have otherwise been waitlisted or denied, and for those who could be at a higher risk for retention if admitted. Instead, some of these students will be offered admission to begin their Purdue enrollment during a five-week session that will begin in mid-July and end the Friday before the University’s week-long orientation program, Boiler Gold Rush (BGR).
These students will complete seven credit hours from a small selection of courses including first-year communication, psychology, history and study skills classes. After the summer session, they will be able to participate in BGR with all of their 2016 freshman peers and then continue their Purdue education in the fall term.
Participating in the program’s pilot year are the Purdue colleges of Agriculture, Health and Human Sciences, and Liberal Arts; the Krannert School of Management; Exploratory Studies; and the Purdue Polytechnic Institute (formerly the College of Technology).
The new summer session will offer small class sizes and strong academic support, which will continue throughout their Purdue education. Summer Start students will be encouraged to live in University Residences during the summer session, although they won’t necessarily live in the hall or room where they would live beginning with the fall term.
Financial aid will be available for the summer term and customized communication will ensure students and their families have the information they need to transition to Purdue in July. For example, they will need to know they should complete both the 2015-16 FAFSA (for the summer term) and the 2016-17 FAFSA (for the 2016-17 school year).
Students who are offered this opportunity will initially receive a deny decision that describes their option to be admitted for the Summer Start program. In their application portal, the decision will be described as “Denied/Offer Summer Option.”
Their online decision letter and email will direct them to a web form through which they will be asked whether they want to be admitted for this summer session. If they say “yes” via the form, their admission decision will be changed to “Offer Admission – Summer Start” and they will receive an admitted student packet in the mail – just like students admitted for the fall. They will have until May 1 to accept their admission offer.
The Summer Start session is likely the only way these students will be admitted to Purdue to the major they originally requested on their application. Once admitted for summer, students will not have the option to switch to a fall start unless they provide new and compelling information that would cause us to reconsider our original deny decision – just like any other denied student has the option to do.
The program is part of Purdue President Mitch Daniels’ sweeping “Purdue Moves” initiatives and the University’s broader “Think Summer” campaign – in which students are encouraged to make the most of their summer break, either through coursework, study abroad opportunities or internships or other career-related work experiences.
The new summer session is modeled after successful programs at other universities where, data suggest, such students who begin in the summer are more likely to succeed academically and build lasting relationships with their peers.
We hope the Summer Start session will be appealing to students for whom Purdue is among their top choices, and we have great confidence that this opportunity will give them the head start they need to thrive at our University.
If you have any questions now or after we begin releasing decisions on October 23, of course I and my staff will be happy to help you, your students and their families.
I hope your school year is off to a wonderful start and wish all the best for you and your students.
Vice Provost for Enrollment Management
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