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 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.  

Here’s what some of our Summer Institute Owls had to say about their experience:

I do feel that I belong at Southern and the staff will be supportive whenever I need them!

Summer Institute really prepared me and has shown me what to expect [going into college].

I've learned [from Summer Institute] where to go if I ever needed help and gain confidence for the first day of school.

I've learned how important it is to make sure I'm using my time wisely. I've gained the skill of taking accountability for my action and really making sure I'm staying on top of my classes.

The Data


of students who completed Summer Institute had a GPA higher than 3.0 for their first semester


of students who completed Summer Institute had a GPA higher than 2.5 for their first semester


Summer Institute 2023 will be running from August 7th– August 17th .  

There are three (3) different program tracks that you can register for based on your interests and needs.  

  • First-Year Academic Readiness 
  • Root of Success (Math-Focused) 
  • Multilingual First-Year Students  

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 
  • Have the opportunity to place into a higher math course with the support of Peer Academic Leaders (PALs) 
  • Begin MAT100P early to get ahead in the course before the semester begins 
  • Learn and practice academic success skills and strategies necessary for college-level courses 
  • Learn and 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

And lastly, students who are enrolled and complete Summer Institute will have the opportunity to participate in exciting outings and programming, and have their ALEKS software paid for in FULL (80$ value)! 


If interested, email and we will send communication once registration is open.