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Frequently Asked Questions


Yes! You have been admitted to WKU via the Summer Scholars Program.

The Summer Scholars Program is a 5-week summer program designed to help students successfully transition to college. Scholars will take two summer classes, live in an on-campus residence hall with their Summer Scholars peers, and receive specialized resources from a team of faculty and staff to provide individualized support to students. Programming will be offered to help students learn about campus resources, develop good academic habits, and get involved in life as a Hilltopper.

The Summer Scholars Program is designed to help students with a high school GPA of 2.0 - 2.49 effectively transition into college. The unweighted GPA you submitted to WKU indicates that you would benefit from a preparatory program. 

We want you as a Hilltopper at WKU for the fall! Here are the steps to get there:

  1. Be admitted to WKU.
  2. Confirm your participation in the Summer Scholars Program.
  3. Complete your Summer Scholars Learning Contract.
  4. Fill out BOTH your 2020-2021 AND 2021-2022 FAFSA Applications. For assistance, our Department of Student Financial Assistance may be reached by phone at (270) 745-2755 or by email at fa.help@wku.edu
  5. Participate in the Summer Scholars programming, and successfully complete your two Summer Scholars classes with a grade of "C" or higher in both to be eligible to continue with fall classes.
  6. Meet with an academic advisor, financial aid counselor(s), and other professional staff to assist you with your academic goals.
  • On-campus, residence hall housing for 5 weeks
  • 10 meals a week 
  • Tuition for two classes (six credit hours)
  • Required textbooks for classes
  • Preston Health & Activities Center summer membership
  • One-on-one advising, student support, and development seminars
  • Social activities/outings for evening & weekend entertainment

All Summer Scholars students will take two classes that will count toward Colonnade/General Education requirements. The seletion of classes will be guided by factors such test scores, intended major, and course capacity.

Yes! Students can recieve financial aid for the Summer Scholars Program by completing the 2020-2021 FAFSA. Students will also need to complete the 2021-2022 FAFSA for the 2021-2022 academic year, which begins in August 2021. For assistance, our Department of Student Financial Assistance may be reached by phone at (270) 745-2755 or by email at fa.help@wku.edu

Yes! Your two classes will be credit bearing and will apply toward WKU's overall required hours for graduation.

Contact our Summer Scholars staff by phone at (270) 745-5065 or by email at academic.advising@wku.edu as soon as possible to determine if the Summer Scholars Program will still be required.

If your unweighted high school GPA rises above a 2.50, you will not be required to participate in the Summer Scholars Program and will be permitted to take fall classes. An official transcript from your high school will need to be sent to the WKU Office of Admissions. 

If your GPA rises above a 2.50 and you still wish to participate in the Summer Scholars Program, then you may do so.

Yes. Students must earn a grade of "C" or higher in both Summer Scholars classes to continue with fall classes.
Yes! Visit our Confirm Your Enrollment page to let us know you plan to participate in the Summer Scholars Program.

Yes. Instructions for signing up are available here: https://www.wku.edu/top/reservations.php. WKU will offer a Topper Orientation Program (TOP) on Saturday, July 10 specifically for students selected to participate in the Summer Scholars Program. You may participate in an earlier Topper Orientation Program (TOP); if you decide to do so, you will need to call (270) 745-4242 to register for an earlier date.

Please note: Fees for the Topper Orientation Program (TOP) are not included in the Summer Scholars Program cost.

 

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 Last Modified 4/20/21