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Summer Academy

for Students Entering Grades 8, 9, and 10

Summer Academy is a two-week academic program designed to provide US and international rising 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th graders the opportunity to have a glimpse of college life for two weeks during the summer. During their stay on campus, students take one of the different classes we offer in fields such as Exam Preparation, Debate, Engineering, Arts, or Literature and earn a ½ Carnegie high school credit for this class work. 

The mission of the program is to provide high school students the opportunity to experience college prior to their first year of enrollment and hopefully increase their overall personal and academic success. In addition, students will develop leadership and social skills, making the transition from high school to college smoother and increasing their chances to succeed.

Residential participants are housed in an on-campus residence,rooming with other participants, either from the United States or from a different part of the world. Local students can also be commuters.

The program provides cultural, recreation, and sports activities organized by staff andcounselors during the evenings and the weekend.  These events enhance the program experience encouraging participants not only to develop time management and other skills necessary to succeed in their next academic step, but also to create meaningful and lasting friendships. 

Summer Academy Culture Day

Sessions and Courses Offered

Summer Academy students choose one course per session and are welcome to attend more than one session. Certified high school teachers teach the Summer Academy courses. Classes meet in academic classrooms on campus and are held from 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Saturday is reserved for field trips for most courses.

Session I: June 11 – to June 23

• ACT Preparation

The ACT (according to www.actstudent.org) is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, math, science, and reading. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test. All 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S accept ACT results. The results from these tests must be included as part of applications for admission to most four-year colleges and universities. Because admissions are becoming increasingly competitive, good ACT test scores can give students an edge on the competition.

This course is designed to help students prepare for these important assessments by focusing on verbal skills like reading, writing and vocabulary. Students will develop valuable test-taking strategies to help improve their scores.

• PSAT Preparation (open to rising 10th and 11th grades only)

The Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) is a standardized test administered by the College Board and cosponsored by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). The test is composed of four sections: two Math Sections, Critical Reading, and Writing Skills.

This course is designed to set up a structured environment to help students study for and practice taking the PSAT. This course will cover all angles of the SAT test and is designed to not only provide information on what the test covers and instruction on how to do the material, but also to provide helpful hints on how to be a better test-taker.

• Debate: Argue! Challenge! Defend! Perform! Compete!

This SPEECH and DEBATE course introduces the fundamental concepts, skills, and techniques for competitive speech and debate. The effective speaker and debater will develop fluency in reading aloud as well as skills in arguing, writing, and researching. Critical thinking, listening, and speaking skills are emphasized in a supportive and friendly but competitive environment. Students interested in recent local, national, and international topics will enjoy arguing for and against a range of issues.

At the end of the course, students will be able to 1) Research, create, and deliver Public Forum Debate speeches as well as argue effectively in cross-fires; 2) Evaluate and deliver poetry or prose with meaning, feeling, and understanding; and 3) Work effectively as an individual and as a member of a team in class competitions.

• Art Introduction to Drawing

Students will focus on the foundation of all art: Drawing. They will learn various techniques and media to help them express different aesthetic goals and build a firm understanding of how to record the observed world in 2D.

Throughout our two-week course, students will be dividing their days with different activities from Life drawing to free drawing, critical thinking exercises and class discussions. We will learn about artists that have come before and how they utilized and grew the field of drawing into what it is today and we will study modern artists and how they use drawing as a foundation for every aspect of art and design.

Session II: July 9 – to July 21

• ACT Preparation

The ACT (according to www.actstudent.org) is a national college admissions examination that consists of subject area tests in English, math, science, and reading. The ACT Plus Writing includes the four subject area tests plus a 30-minute Writing Test. All 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S accept ACT results. The results from these tests must be included as part of applications for admission to most four-year colleges and universities. Because admissions are becoming increasingly competitive, good ACT test scores can give students an edge on the competition.

This course is designed to help students prepare for these important assessments by focusing on verbal skills like reading, writing and vocabulary. Students will develop valuable test-taking strategies to help improve their scores.

• SAT Preparation

The SAT is the nation's oldest, most widely used college entrance exam. The SAT is composed of three sections: Critical Reading, Mathematics, and Writing. The test has recently been redesigned for more focus on college readiness.

This course is designed to set up a structured environment to help students study for and practice taking the SAT. This course will cover all angles of the SAT test and is designed to not only provide information on what the test covers and instruction on how to do the material, but also to provide helpful hints on how to be a better test-taker. This course is designed for current juniors who may be taking the test for the first time and for those high school students that have already taken the exam but wish to improve their scores.

• Introduction to Engineering

What do medieval war machines, earthquakes, and roller coasters have in common? Sounds like the beginning of a bad joke, right? Oddly enough, they do share a common bond - math. In Introduction to Engineering, we will design experiments and construct projects to view how engineers use math on a daily basis to study natural disasters, design amusement park rides, and understand ancient world conflicts. Math comes alive as we pull it from the sometimes-boring classroom right into the world where you live and might work someday. Can you build a catapult with a better launch distance than anyone else or construct a dome to rival Epcot Center? These and other exciting opportunities await in Introduction to Engineering at Ole Miss's Summer Academy!

Mississippi Writers

The Mississippi Writers course focuses on the state's rich literary heritage through the study of poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama. We will study the major sources and themes of twentieth century and contemporary Mississippi writing as it emerges from and contributes to historical, political, and social milieux. We will discuss the contribution of Mississippi writers to twentieth century American literature and recognize that Mississippi writing is an expression of a particular place that achieves universality.

Student Life

Activity Calendars Daily Schedule Housing Communter Students Dining Health Safety Emergencies Field Trip

Activity Calendar

June Session

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

9

Move in day

10

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Scavenger Hunt

11

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

12

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

13

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

14

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Movie Night

15

Field Trip

16

Church / Study Day
Or visit home for the day

17

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

28

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

19
 
Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

20

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

21  

Move out day

22  

July Session

Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

11

Move in day

12

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Scavenger Hunt

13

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

14

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

15  

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

16

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Free Afternoon
Movie Night

17

Field Trip

18

Church/Study Day

19

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Sports Tournament

20

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

21
 
Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

22

Class from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm

Community Activity

23  

Move out day

24  

Typical Daily Schedule


7:30 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:15 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Morning Class with Break
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Afternoon Class with Break
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Recreation or Special Activity
6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Dinner
7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Study, Computer Lab, Study Groups, Free Time
10:00 p.m. Curfew

Housing

Residential Summer Academy participants are housed in one of the state-of-the-art facilities on campus that includes furnished suites with bathrooms that are shared with only one person, wireless internet, laundry room, and a high technology security system. Each floor is equipped with a TV room and a kitchen with a microwave oven.

For a more enriching cultural and linguistic experience, students are assigned a roommate from a different state, region, or country. Males and females are housed separately, and international students are roomed with American residents or with another international student who speaks a different language than their own. You may not request a specific roommate.

The University of Mississippi has strict policies for minors attending summer programs; therefore, all Summer Academy and Summer College participants are required to live with the rest of the students enrolled in the High School programs in the designated Residence Hall. No independent living arrangements are allowed.

Commuter Students

Commuters must be dropped off at the designated location each morning by 7:45 a.m. and must be picked up by 4:45 p.m. each afternoon.

Dining

Summer Academy participants are enrolled in a meal plan that allows them to have three meals a day from Monday to Friday, as well as dinner on Saturday and Sunday at the Rebel Market. This all-you-can-eat diner includes very distinct kitchens: a brick oven pizza kitchen, a pasta station, a traditional grill, a bakery, a sushi bar, and a self-contained allergen station focusing on gluten-free and nut-free options.

Students are transported to local restaurants for lunch on Sunday. Each student pays his / her own off campus meal.

Health

Summer Academy students requiring non-emergency medical care between the hours of 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. will be transported to an urgent care facility with parent’s approval. There is not an after hours medical clinic in Oxford, so students requiring medical care after 7 p.m. and before 9 a.m. are transported to the emergency room at Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi again with parent’s approval.

Safety on campus

The safety and security of all students, faculty, staff and visitors on campus are of great importance to the University of Mississippi.

The University of Mississippi Police Department (UPD) is a full-service state accredited and CALEA recognized law enforcement agency operating twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. UPD is responsible for campus police and security related matters.

UPD officers, who have arrest powers and are armed, routinely conduct vehicle, bicycle, motorcycle, and foot patrols on campus and enforce state laws as well as university policies and regulations. UPD works closely with other community law enforcement agencies such as OPD (Oxford Police Department) and the Lafayette County Sheriff’s Department to receive reports of criminal activity at off-campus student residences/events whose participants are university students.

The Ole Miss campus is rated year after year as one of the safest campuses in the nation; however, it is important to observe safety precautions to avoid becoming a victim of crime. Some measures to take are:

  • Lock your door, even when you intend to return shortly or even if you are just going down the hall.
  • Do not leave valuables lying out in plain sight. Record the serial number of your valuables and keep them locked in your dorm room.
  • Do not let strangers in the dorms or premises
  • Do not prop open outer doors.
  • Avoid walking by yourself, especially at down.
  • Avoid shortcuts and dark, isolated areas.
  • Keep to well lit, commonly travelled routes.
  • Avoid potentially dangerous situations.
  • If you feel threatened, cross the street, locate an emergency phone, or enter an office, a store, or place of business even if you have just left it.
  • Have your phone handy and your ID card on you at all times.
  • Lock bikes to bike racks with hardened-alloy locks and chains or u-shaped locks to prevent thefts.
  • Always lock your car if you bring one to campus.
  • Look into your car before getting in. Lock doors and roll up windows once inside for protection.
  • Never pick up strangers
  • Drive to a police, fire station or open place of business if you feel you are being followed.
  • Do not stop to help occupants of stopped or disabled vehicles. Continue driving to the nearest phone and call assistance for them.

In case of emergency

Emergency UPD phone number: 662-915-4911
Non-emergency UPD phone number: 662-915-7234

Please note that these numbers are NOT to locate your child on campus

Saturday Field Trip

As part of the academic enrichment of the program, Summer Academy has a field trip on the first Saturday. Each teacher will decide where to go. Parents will be notified about the detailed itinerary days prior to the trip. Students are supervised by the teacher and counselors at all times.

Financial Information

Costs Financial Aid Additional Fees and Expenses Payment

Cost of the program

Residential Cost of the program: $1,000 Commuter Cost of the program: $500
This cost includes 3 meals a day, housing, tuition and activities This cost includes 1 meal a day, tuition and activities.

A one-time, non-refundable $50 registration fee is required when submitting the application. This fee is required once the student has been admitted to Summer Academy. The remaining balance has to be covered 2 weeks prior to the program.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available to residential students only

Students can be eligible to financial aid if they have maintained a 3.0 GPA for the last three years of school and cover one of the following criteria:

  • They attended Summer Academy the previous year.
  • They are Ole Miss faculty or staff children
  • They demonstrated financial need.

Financial aid is a gift, a scholarship award. It is not a loan, and it doesn't have to be paid back. Only students who are US citizens or permanent residents are eligible for financial aid and they must be admitted students to the program. Awards are granted on the basis of financial need, academic merit, and availability (funds are limited).

Financial aid does not cover all expenses. Students must contribute to the cost of the attending the program and it is awarded on a first come-first serve basis.

Financial aid is not stackable with any other scholarships. If you are applying for financial aid due to financial need, please fill out the Pre-College Programs Financial Aid Application Form

Additional fees and expenses

Sunday lunch (off campus), snacks, laundry, and personal expenses are not included in the cost of the program.

Payment

The payment must be completed via the online system with the login application number two weeks prior to the program.

Staff and Counselors

A Pre-College Programs counselor is one of the most sought-after positions on campus for undergraduate students. It is a position that requires not only a successful academic career but also an evident track record of successful leadership, academic integrity, and work ethic. A Pre-College Programs counselor is a UM student who can serve as a mentor and who has a genuine interest in counseling high school students in the process of making academic and life decisions.

Pre-College Programs counselors live in the residence hall where students live. They organize and supervise activities. Our counselors undergo a meticulous selection and an exhaustive training in areas such as housing, counseling, first aid, and Title IX policies.

International Students

If you are a student in a different part of the world, or an international student already studying in the United States, and you are interested in participating in Summer Academy, please contact us at precollegeintl@olemiss.edu for application and eligibility information.