for Students Entering Grades 8, 9, and 10
Attending a Pre-College Program is an important event for your child. We understand that this experience can be life-defining and that it can bring excitement and expectation as well as some anxiety for your child and for you.
The purpose of Summer Academy at the University of Mississippi is to provide students a taste of college life; to develop independence; and to build social and decision-making skills that will help them through their lives.
During this important process, students have the support of counselors, who are successful undergraduate students. Counselors are selected carefully, following a strict and meticulous search. Once selected, they are extensively trained by Housing, the Counseling Center, the Health Center, and Minors on Campus officials. Counselors supervise Pre-College residential students around the clock. All counselors live in the same residences as students.
Students are assigned a community lead by a male and a female counselor. Counselors design cultural, recreational, sports, and other activities for their assigned community. They also accompany the students during field trips. Attendance to these activities is mandatory. Students’ first point of contact is their assigned counselors, followed by the head female and male counselors.
Your child’s security is our major interest and that is why we have designed rules for leaving campus and procedures that ensure our students’ safety.
Due to the number of activities we host during the week, we strongly discourage requests to leave campus on weekdays. In the case that checkout is necessary, we request that parents follow the procedures for checking out on the weekend section of our website. We also ask parents to check out students only between 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm to have them returned before 9:30 pm.
Students may go home on Saturday between 4:00-6:00 pm or on Sunday if they choose; experience has shown, however, that weekends are beneficial for students to prepare for the next week, to bond with other participants, and to promote the sense of belonging. We do strongly urge students to make an effort to stay on campus the first weekend in order to bond with other participants and the last weekend to prepare for final exams and to enjoy the last weekend with friends. In the case that your child decides to leave campus for the weekend, we strongly suggest you follow the Procedures for checking out on the weekend and plan his/her departure during the designated times.
We encourage you and your child to communicate during the program and establish your own schedule to do so. The best way to do this is via cell phone. Except in emergency, the Pre-College Program Office does not generally honor requests to track down students. In case of an emergency, please dial the emergency phone number that will be provided during orientation. Student cell phones will be off during class times. Please do not disrupt class by calling or texting your child.
Visits are allowed as long as they do not distract or stop students from attending to their classes or scheduled activities. If you do visit your child on campus, we request you remain in the common areas located on the first floor. For safety reasons and for respect to roommates, parents are only allowed to be in rooms during move-in or move-out days.
If during your visit you take your child off campus, we request you fill out a leave request form and to talk to one of the counselors on duty.