Summer Institute

A lrage group of students in front of the SCSU student center

A large group of students


The Summer Institute prepares incoming Owls to not only succeed but excel during their first semester of college and beyond. This low-cost program offers first-year students the opportunity to learn important academic skills & strategies, prepare for the rigors of college-level courses, and foster & develop a sense of community on campus.  

The Benefits of Summer Institute

Students who join and complete the Summer Institute will:

  • Start their first semester with an improved and strengthened academic foundation 
  • Connect with like-minded peers and ease the transition into the SCSU community 
  • Develop their math and writing skills through faculty-led workshops
  • Begin MAT-100P early to get ahead in the course before the semester begins
  • Learn and practice academic success skills and strategies necessary for college-level courses 
  • Develop essential skills and strategies for math success 
  • Become familiarized with the services and resources provided by the Center for Academic Success and Accessibility Services
  • Develop a better understanding of accessibility services and their registered accommodations
  • Be able to move into their residence halls early for Summer Institute
  • Have their ALEKS program paid for (a $70 value)

Lastly, those enrolled in Summer Institute will have plenty of opportunities to win fun freebies and SCSU merchandise from our on-campus bookstore!

Program Schedule

Summer Institute 2024 will run from August 12th to August 22nd (there will be no programming Friday-Sunday). Programming will most likely take place between 9:00 am-4:00 pm. Lunch will be provided on all programming days.

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Please email with any questions regarding Summer Institute.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  1. Is Summer Institute mandatory for incoming first-year students to attend?
    Summer Institute is not mandatory for incoming first-year students. However, there are plenty of benefits to participating in this experience! 
  2. What is MAT-100P? How do I know if I was placed into it?
    Southern requires all students to complete math courses to fulfill the general education and major requirements – one of the courses that students can be placed into is MAT-100P. If you have further questions regarding placements and MAT-100P, visit the Math Placements website.
  3. I will be commuting to campus in the fall. Can I register for Summer Institute and is it required that I stay on campus?
    Summer Institute is a day program, so it is NOT required for you to stay on campus. If you will be living on campus in the fall, you are able to move into your residence hall early for Summer Institute. You will receive more information on what that process looks like closer to the start of the program!
  4. What are my transportation options if I am a commuter student attending Summer Institute?
    If you are commuting to Summer Institute, there are some transportation options available to you as an SCSU student. The U-Pass is a special transportation pass for all enrolled undergraduate students that you can receive through the University Card Office. This pass provides you unlimited access to mass transit services within CT. This is FREE of charge!
  5. Am I able to move onto campus early?
    Students who will live on campus in the fall are permitted to move in early for the Summer Institute. CASAS is able to help pay for a small number of students who decide to utilize this offer. The application will be open on August 1st through your MyHousing portal.