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Summer Academy Offered for New Students

Two-week program will help first-years get a head start on academic year

5/18/2010 9:31:50 AM


LYNCHBURG–Randolph College will offer a new program this summer for first-year college students who want to get a head start on college. The summer academy is open to all students, regardless of major, and will count as three credit hours.

The two-week program runs Aug. 11-23.

“The purpose of this program is to give student an intensive introduction to college,” said Peter Sheldon, physics professor and director of the program. “It will prepare students for the rigors of college and also help them get started in their potential majors.”

The academy will provide a benefit for any major but will be especially helpful for those students who wish to major in math, chemistry, engineering, environmental science, and physics.

“This is not a remedial program,” Sheldon said. “This is a program for students at any level to help them get ahead. Not only will students earn three college credits, they will get a taste of what college is like and have fun at the same time.”

The course is designed to provide academic instruction as well as social and recreational opportunities. “By the time the academic year begins, these students will have already transitioned to college life, and that will make a big difference,” Sheldon said.

The cost of the program is $500 and includes field trips, social expenses, room and board, and the academic program. Merit scholarships are available. The program is open to Randolph College students. Students from other colleges will be admitted as space is available.

Registration deadline is July 15.

For more information, please see… or contact Peter Sheldon at or 434-947-8488.

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CONTACT: Brenda Edson, Director of College Relations