AU summer program to give students head start for college success

AUBURN – Auburn University will host 20 incoming freshmen from around the Southeast this month for a summer enrichment experience, SEE Auburn, operated by the Office of Diversity and Multicural Affairs to introduce underserved students to campus life.

Beginning July 6, the intensive four-week program is for students entering one of the seven sponsoring colleges and schools: College of Agriculture; College of Architecture, Design and Construction; College of Business; College of Education; School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences; College of Human Sciences and School of Nursing. Each student chosen for the program is sponsored by his or her respective college or school.

SEE Auburn is designed to increase enrollment for underserved populations, improve students’ mathematics and English skills and provide early exposure to the fields of business, agriculture, forestry, education, human science, architecture, design, construction and nursing. The program will help determine which courses students should take in the fall.

“This is a great collaboration here at Auburn University,” said Overtoun Jenda, associate provost for Diversity and Multicultural Affairs. “We look forward to the success of these students and this program. Summer enrichment programs are definitely best practices for the retention of minorities and first generation college students.”

SEE Auburn students will take two classes designed to prepare them for courses in freshman pre-calculus and English, each consisting of classroom instruction and a workshop. Although students will not receive university credit toward a degree for these courses, they will benefit from the on-campus experience. The program will be staffed by mathematics and English faculty, graduate teaching assistants and counselors.

Other activities include the StrengthsQuest evaluation curriculum, guest presentations, speakers and field trips.

To be eligible for the program, each applicants must be a graduating high school senior, have been admitted to Auburn University’s main campus, have an ACT score of 22 or below and plan to major in one of the seven colleges and schools sponsoring the program.

For more information, email diversity@auburn.edu.

Contact: Mike Clardy, (334) 844-9996 (clardch@auburn.edu) or
Charria Campbell, (334) 844-4184 (campbcy@auburn.edu)