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May 5, 2010

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The University of the District of Columbia Announces
a Five-Week Summer Program: The Urban Scholars Academy

Washington, DC - The University of the District of Columbia’s (UDC) five-week summer bridge program titled Urban Scholars Academy helps incoming freshmen prepare for the rigors of university work. Applicants must be accepted and committed to attending UDC as a full time student for fall 2010. The program kicks off from June 28th and runs until July 30th for 50 entering UDC students. Students who complete the program will receive incentives, awards, partake in program trips and will learn valuable skills to help ensure success in college.

The UDC Urban Scholars Academy 2010 Summer Bridge Program was designed for students who will be enrolled as a first-year, full-time student at UDC, who can benefit from instruction and learning experiences that target the academic skills needed for success in college courses. The program is also for those who are generally curious about what college life is really like and wants to experience it and share it with other entering college students. Academic advising, tutorials, workshops, trips and co-curricular activities are included in the five-week experience. The program supports the university's commitment to excellence by providing students with a stimulating and rigorous academic experience, personalized, comprehensive advising in an intellectually and socially enriching environment.

Esteban Olivares, Director, Academic Advising & Retention said participants benefit from personalized attention, individualized instruction, and accessibility to campus resources. “We have designed Urban Scholars Academy Summer Bridge 2010 as a student centered program that focuses on the transition from pre-university life to a full-time university experience. Students will not only be in the classroom but creating connections with peer-mentors, staff and faculty. Students will also have hands on experience with campus resources and space to explore what it means to be a college student.”

The program runs 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. Free tutoring will be available in the evenings. Students will be able to work on academic advising and financial aid to assure they are prepared for the fall semester.

Counselors from DC Metro area schools who have students attending UDC in the fall are encouraged to have students submit completed applications by June 5th 2010. For additional information on the summer session or other aspects of UDC’s Urban Scholars Academy Summer Bridge Program 2010, please contact the Academic Advising Office at 202.274.6899. Please visit us on the web at http://www.udc.edu/fye.


As the only urban land-grant institution in the country, the University System of the District of Columbia (www.udc.edu) supports a broad mission of education, research and community service across all member colleges and schools, which include the University of the District of Columbia (David A. Clarke School of Law, College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability and Environmental Sciences, College Arts & Sciences, School of Business and Public Administration and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences) and the Community College of the District of Columbia.

Contact: Alan Etter, Vice President of University Relations & Public Affairs, aetter@udc.edu, 202.345.6371