Summer Program Aims to Give Students Jump Start on College

William Woods University will again offer a program this summer for students who would like to get a jump start on college. The three-week program, called Freshman Advantage, will be offered July 9-27 on the WWU campus.

Freshman Advantage is for first-time college freshmen, and is designed to aid in transition to college. Now in its fourth year, it is directed and taught by WWU faculty members.

Students earn seven common studies credit hours, which provide an introduction to college course work. Earning seven credits can be beneficial also to those who may want to double major or graduate early.

The program aims to reduce “freshman anxiety,” develop self-confidence and motivation, teach students to prepare more productively and improve writing skills.

In addition, students meet friends from their incoming class, bond with upper-class mentors, connect with members of the faculty and staff, and learn their way around the campus and the community.

They also have opportunities to enjoy such activities as an ice cream social, movie night and ropes course. Students also have retreats to such places as Worlds of Fun or Six Flags and Lake of the Ozarks.

“Freshman Advantage has been so great,” Samantha Tucker of San Carlos, Calif., said after completing the program last summer. “I have gotten a little taste of what school will really be like and new friends to enjoy it with. This program has also helped me get hours towards graduating. I would definitely do Freshman Advantage again.”

Justin Beyer of Linn, Mo., also attended last summer. “I got to meet a lot of neat people including the mentors, who are more like friends than teachers, and get used to college life before school starts. The way I see it there’s no downside.”

Victoria Staats of Farmington, Mo., found her Freshman Advantage experience in 2006 beneficial: “I learned so much from it about campus life and some of the classes I will be taking in the fall. . .I advise all incoming students to go through the program.”

Parents, too, like Freshman Advantage.

“Freshman Advantage is an amazing program,” said Peggy Presley of St. Louis, whose daughter, Morgan, participated the first year. “It provided our daughter not only an excellent orientation to college life, but also a realistic introduction to college course work. We are totally convinced that the program was a ‘perfect fit’ for our daughter.”

Students are housed in a WWU residence hall and eat in the WWU dining hall.
For more information on Freshman Advantage, contact Dr. Aimee Sapp at (573) 592-4391 or