Summer Advantage FAQ | Kent State University

Summer Advantage Frequently Asked Questions

What is Summer Advantage?
Summer Advantage is an educational journey based on Career Exploration, Success Coaching and Academic Coursework. The program is designed to assist underrepresented students to graduate in four years and envision a path for the future by building a support network of peers and professional staff.

Is this a New Program?
Yes. Summer 2017 was the pilot year and it enjoyed great success. This summer will be even better.

Who Can Apply?
All undergraduate underrepresented students are encouraged to apply! Underrepresented student demographics – African American, Latino American, Native American, and Biracial/Multiracial American.

When Does the Application Close?
Applications Accepted: Feb. 1 - Feb. 28, 2018

Where Do I Apply?
www.kent.edu/universitycollege/ado/summer-advantage-program
Students are informed the week of March 19, 2018 and must confirm acceptance by March 23, 2018

How Many Courses Are Free?
Participants will get one free course. Consideration for two free courses prioritized by graduation date and academic need.

Is there a cost to participate in Summer Advantage?
The only cost associated with participating in Summer Advantage are books, supplies and course materials. The program covers tuition, housing, and a parking pass.

Do I Need to Meet with My Academic Advisor Before Registering for Summer Courses?
Yes. Students must meet with their academic advisor before registering for summer courses. This ensures that students stay on the graduation track according to their major.

Do I need to live on campus to participate?
No, summer housing on campus is available on an as needed basis. Students can participate remotely while taking an online course, internship/co-op or research experience or taking a course at Kent campus.

What are the program benefits?

  • Research, Internship and Co-op Training
  • Leadership and Professional Development
  • Career Exploration Workshops
  • Cultural and Service Learning Activities
  • Peer-to-Peer Connections

What is the time commitment?
This is a six-week experience comprised of academic support and skill building. Students are expected to commit to participating the full six-week experience through the following ways: weekly academic checks, study table hours, attend three skill sessions a week and participate in four service-learning days.

Here are some of the activities from 2017

  • Career Week with Career Exploration and Development. Attendance and professional dress was required. The sessions included:
    – Resume and Cover Letter; Interviewing Techniques; You’re Hired: Mock-Interviews; Professionalism; Networking and Elevator Pitches and more.
  • Each student participated in Success Coaching and completed a success plan with their Peer Success Specialist
  • Summer Program Mixer with EHHS Bridges, Academic S.T.A.R.S. and Summer Advantage
  • Cultural Excursion to Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Art Museum and Live music fest
  • Several Service Learning days at Campus Kitchen

For direct questions and collaboration opportunities, please contact Elisha Swanson, Assistant Director, at eswanso8@kent.edu or by phone 330-672-0334.