Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Summer Freshman Orientation?

Summer Orientation is a one-day orientation to the college for all incoming students and parents in the Freshman Class. Because of the large number of participants, there are four Summer Orientation dates scheduled during the summer. Students in the Learning Differences Program may attend Summer Freshman Orientation in June 2014. There will be a an Open House in the Learning Differences office from 3:15 to 5:00 p.m. where learning differences students and their parents can meet with the LD staff.

More information about Orientation, refer to the Confirmation Packet you receive from Admissions once you confirm to the college. Summer Orientation activities include presentations by the President of the College, the Dean of Academic Affairs, Residence Life, Health Services, Police & Safety, Student Activities, etc.

2. What is the Summer Program?

The Summer Program is a pre-college program running August 10-22, 2014 that provides an opportunity for incoming freshmen to adjust to the rigors of college life. There are four goals of the Summer Program experience. First of all, the Summer Program allows our students an opportunity to connect with other program students, administrators and faculty before the entire freshman class impacts the campus.

A second and equally significant goal of the Summer Program is to allow students with learning and/or other disabilities an opportunity to begin recognizing and coping with the added demands that their disability imposes upon college coursework.

A third goal of the Summer Program is to give students a chance to earn three college credits which allows students with learning disabilities to have the flexibility of not having to add an extra class during the freshman year.

Finally, we are confident that our Resident Advisors, tutors, and note taker will assist you during the Summer Program to help you to make the important transition from high school to college. These students were selected as peer mentors. Their interactions with you will be invaluable.

3. What happens in the Summer Program?

You are scheduled to take US HISTORY: To 1865 (HIS 101) from 8:20 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and then 1:30 to 3:00 each day. In addition to the 3-credit course, there are seminars scheduled that will present study skills techniques useful in adjusting to university life as well as introducing you to support services on campus, including Learning Differences, Campus Ministry, Counseling Center, Student Government and Health Services. On most evenings, you should expect to attend mandatory study sessions that will be assigned by your tutor. Course work for US HISTORY: To 1865 will include course reading, studying for tests, preparing projects/ homework, etc. You will have access to a tutor for all aspects of this course.

4. What is involved with the US HISTORY: To 1865 course? Will there be homework?

The US HISTORY: To 1865 course satisfies a core requirement. This class is scheduled for two weeks, and you will have more interaction with the instructor than if the course had been taken during a regular semester. You will be responsible for the same amount of material as during the semester.

5. Do I get grades during the Summer Program?

The grade you receive for the US HISTORY: To 1865 class will be calculated into your GPA (Grade Point Average) for the Fall Semester.

6. When does the Summer Program start?

Move-in Day is Sunday, August 10, 2014, beginning any time after 11:00 a.m. Students will say good-bye to their family after the light supper that will be available on campus. The students will then gather for an evening activity. The first class begins at 8:20 a.m. Monday, August 11, and concludes at noon on Friday, August 22. The rest of the freshman class arrives on campus on Saturday, August 23, when WELCOME WEEK begins. A full schedule will be included with your Move-In Packet.

7. Will the room I am assigned to during the Summer Program be my permanent housing assignment?

Yes, you will be moving into permanent room in your Residence Hall.

8. What are the fees for the Summer Program? What do the fees include?

The bill for the Summer Program will include the cost for room and board and a program fee. The Program Fee will be put on your Fall bill. Any submitted payment prior to that date will be deposited in the students account as a credit.

9. Once the Summer Program begins, do I have to remain on campus during the weekends?

While we cannot require that you remain on campus, we do strongly recommend it. Weekend activities have been planned by the RA staff, including a service learning requirement, possibly a trip to an Erie SeaWolves baseball game and other similar activities. In the past our students have become a support group for each other because of the time they have spent getting to know each other.


Cummings Gallery
Art Faculty Show

Dates: Aug 21-Sep 28, 2014

Location: Cummings Gallery

William Close and The Earth Harp Collective
William Close and The Earth Harp Collective

Dates: Sep 5

Location: Mary D'Angelo Performing Arts Center

Anais Mitchell
Anaïs Mitchell

Dates: Sep 30

Location: Erie Art Museum