WWU Summer Program Gives Students a Head Start on College

William Woods University is again offering Freshman Advantage, a Freshman Advantage mentorssummer program for students who want to get a jump-start on college. The three-week program, which started on July 13, runs until July 31 on the WWU campus.


Freshman Advantage is open to first-time college freshmen. It is designed to aid students in the transition from high school to college. This year marks the sixth year of the program, which is directed and taught by WWU faculty members. With 48 participants, this year’s Freshman Advantage class is the largest since the program’s inception in 2004.


Through the program, students will earn seven common studies credit hours in courses such as math, world religions, art, deaf culture, film studies, speech and psychology. An addition this year is “A Divided Europe: Life and Politics on Both Sides of the Iron Curtain.”


Earning credit hours during the summer is helpful for those students focused on academics, who want to double major, who want to graduate early or those who simply want an introduction to college course work.


During Freshman Advantage, students also build friendships with incoming classmates, bond with upper-class mentors, connect with members of the faculty and staff and learn their way around the campus and the community.


Aaron Griffin, a junior from Jefferson City, Mo., gained so much from Freshman Advantage as a freshman that this year he is participating as an upper-class mentor.


“Freshman Advantage allowed me to get a better understanding of college life before I moved in during the fall. I knew where everything was on campus which helped a lot. Having the extra credit hours and an idea of college classes really lowered my stress level, plus knowing some of the professors and staff beforehand also helped.”


In addition to classes, Freshman Advantage participants will have the opportunity to enjoy activities such as movie nights, barbeques and weekend trips to Six Flags.


Selected to be mentors this summer, in addition to Griffin, are:

  • Jessica Deetz of Nixa, Mo.

  • Alex Dvorski of Humbolt, Tenn.

  • Latrice Fletcher of Independence, Mo.

  • Elise Fumagalli of Washington, Mo.

  • Frankie Hart of Lee’s Summit, Mo.

  • Chelsea Loethen of Meta, Mo.

  • Liza Payne of Zionsville, Ind.

  • Kendall Simcoe of Fulton, Mo.

  • Scott Thompson of St. James, Mo.

  • Mike Towle of Grandview, Mo.


For more information about Freshman Advantage, contact at (573) 592-4391 or asapp@williamwoods.edu.



Freshman Advantage mentors at William Woods University are, left to right, (front row)  Alex Dvorski, Kendall Simcoe, Frankie Hart, Chelsea Loethen, Liza Payne, Latrice Fletcher and Mike Towle and (back row) Jessica Deetz, Scott Thompson, Elise Fumagalli and Aaron Griffin.