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First Year Experience - Urban Scholars' Academy

First Year Experience

First Year Experience makes it easier for you to find your way around, make friends and succeed academically. You will connect with other students, faculty, and staff through exceptional academic programs and an exciting campus life. Each connection you make through First Year Experience supports your success because First Year Experience is about students and for students.

2012 Urban Scholars' Academy – Apply Today!

UDC's Urban Scholars' Academy is a skill-building program that helps incoming freshmen and transfer students prepare for the rigors of college academics. Through this program, new students will have the unique opportunity to sharpen their skills in mathematics and writing, develop a network of peers, and connect to campus resources—all before the start of the Fall 2012 term!

Program Overview
At the start of the program, students will be assessed in reading comprehension, English composition, and mathematics in order to identify strengths and areas for improvement. In addition, Faculty Mentors will help students identify their unique learning styles and develop strategies for goal setting, time management, and maintaining school-life balance. Students will then create individualized roadmaps for learning that they will work on over the summer.

Throughout the program, students will receive FREE support services, such as peer tutoring, professional academic advisement, and career planning services. In addition, students will have the opportunity to apply their critical thinking skills off-campus, through a variety of local field trips and optional co-curricular activities. In this collaborative learning environment, students will gain the tools needed to succeed in their first semester at UDC

Program Structure
The 2012 Urban Scholars’ Academy offers students the flexibility to meet program requirements on their own schedule. Students will be able to maintain simultaneous employment, fulfill personal and family commitments, and schedule in vacation time. In this way, Urban Scholars’ Academy is able to accommodate new students of all types—from first-time college students to adult learners to community college transfer students.

 All program participants will be required to complete the following:
- Schedule and attend at least one in-person skills assessment with a Faculty Mentor
- Attend two Saturday sessions (9:00 AM – 5:00 PM, exact dates TBD)
- Complete recommended learning modules remotely, seeking on-campus tutoring as needed
- Schedule and attend one in-person academic planning session with an Academic Advisor
- RSVP for and attend one New Student Orientation program

Anticipated Program Start Date: Monday, June 25, 2012
Anticipated Program End Date: Friday, August 3, 2012

Please note: Urban Scholars Academy is not a course and participation does not earn college credit.

Eligibility Requirements

Students are eligible for the Urban Scholars' Academy if they meet the following criteria:

  • Have applied to a 4-year degree program at UDC for admission for the Fall 2012 semester
  • All new Freshmen, Transfer and UDC-CC transitioning students are eligible
  • Readmitted students may be eligible on a case by case basis
  • Will be enrolled as a full-time student for the fall semester (at least 12 credits)
  • Have submitted an Urban Scholars' Academy application online.

If you would like to apply CLICK HERE.

Freshman Orientation Course (8800:101)

 The Freshman Orientation Curriculum is designed to address study skills, critical thinking, time management, personal development and knowledge of the University of the District of Columbia culture and campus. These are skills necessary for successful matriculation at University of the District of Columbia. Freshman Orientation provides opportunities to discuss important issues like balancing work, family, friends and education; making the transition to college level expectations; and, asking for help when needed. Students will have the chance to familiarize themselves with resources on campus and receive a college credit for the completion of this course. 

Phi Eta Sigma

Phi Eta Sigma is a national honor society rewarding first-year scholarship. This prestigious organization encourages and rewards academic excellence among first-year students in institutions of higher learning.
The oldest and largest first-year honor society, Phi Eta Sigma was founded at the University of Illinois on March 22, 1923. The organization has more than 350 active chapters throughout the United States and more than 950,000 inducted members.

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