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Summer Advantage 2019 Info

Prepare for College Success!

June 24–July 26, 2019

Registration opens March 1, 2019

Questions? Email advantage@wsu.edu or call 509-335-3530

Student FAQs

What should I bring?

General Clothing

  • Jeans/shorts (Pullman can get hot!)
  • T-shirts
  • Undergarments
  • Swimsuits
  • Sandals/Flip-flops/Tennis Shoes
  • Light jacket/sweatshirt
  • Sleepwear

Toiletries

  • Shampoo/Conditioner
  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste
  • Face/Body Wash
  • Sunscreen/After sun lotion/Bug spray
  • Deodorant/razors/shaving cream
  • Cotton balls/Q-tips/tissues
  • Bath towels
  • Hair Dryer
  • Shower Caddy
  • Robe

For Your Room

  • Bedding and Pillows
  • Blankets
  • Laundry bag/basket
  • Laundry detergent/dryer sheets/stain remover (the washers and dryers are free to use during Summer Advantage, but not in the Fall!)
  • Basic cleaning supplies

School Supplies

  • Laptop/charger
  • Notebooks/folders (whichever you prefer)
  • Printer/paper/ink (there are printing services available on campus if you choose not to bring this!)
  • Writing utensils

Optional Items

  • Fan (each room has their own AC unit)
  • Mini Fridge
  • TV/Gaming Systems/DVD Players
  • Coffee Pots/Makers
  • Small desk lamp
  • A couple dishes/mugs for personal use
  • Breakfast Bars/Snacks (your summer dining meal plan doesn’t include breakfast)

How many students participate in Summer Advantage?

Generally, from 65 to 100 students enroll in Summer Advantage. Space is limited, so applying early is recommended.

Can I visit places in Pullman on my own?

Of course! You are welcome to explore Pullman, Moscow, and the surrounding area. You are a first year student in college and have the freedom that all our first year students have.

Can I visit family and friends overnight?

We suggest remaining in Pullman for the short duration of the Summer Advantage program. You are welcome to hang out with family and friends should they come to Pullman. If they need overnight accommodations refer to this travel link. Overnight guests are NOT permitted in the residence halls.

Student-Athletes: Student-Athletes will be free on weekends to travel home, but Overnight guests are NOT permitted in the residence halls.

What is my mailing address while I’m participating in the program?

Name
Northside Hall Room XXX
PO Box 1700
Pullman, WA 99163

Can I leave campus whenever I want?

Absolutely, part of the learning process at college is not only learning in the classroom but also learning about yourself. You will learn to make decisions that will support your success at Washington State University.

We can guide you, should you want it, to make responsible choices. For example: going shopping vs. studying, sleeping-in vs. attending class, etc.

Are there resources available to help me in my undergraduate classes?

Yes. Faculty keep regular office hours and are available to help you with your classes. Students are expected to take the initiative to meet with faculty regularly to discuss their progress. All of your classes are taught exclusively for Summer Advantage students, and because of that, all of your professors have been selected because of their commitment to the enrichment of incoming students at WSU.

Academic assistance is also available at the Academic Success and Career Center (ASCC).

Student-Athletes: We will provide tutoring for each class as well as weekly meetings with your assignment team academic advisor.

What responsibilities and obligations do I have to the program?

All Summer Advantage students are expected to attend all classes, workshops, residence hall meetings, special “family-dinner” gatherings, and scheduled activities including weekend travel excursions. As in any community living environment, each student is expected to respect the rights of others, maintain reasonable cleanliness in the residence hall, and behave in a manner befitting collegiate life.

In addition, rules prohibiting the use or possession of any illegal drugs, including alcohol, are strictly enforced.

Individuals violating the University’s Standards of Conduct will be subject to the university disciplinary process the Office of Student Conduct and possibly WSU or Pullman police department.

Student-Athletes: Student-athletes will have a weekly set schedule and everyone will be expected to participate.

How does Alive! work with Summer Advantage?

The things you learn in Alive! will be practiced during Summer Advantage. Should you need financial assistance with the Alive! program contact the New Student Programs office at 509-335-4242

To sign up for Alive!

        • Visit Alive! Orientation
        • Choose “Reserve Your Spot” (yellow box on the right)
        • Choose “Download Registration” (PDF)
        • Write Summer Advantage Student under the words “Reservation Form”

Student-Athletes: Student-athletes may send completed Alive! Registration forms to Brittany Thackery via fax at 509-335-0208 or email at b.thackery@wsu.edu.

What are my classes’ attendance policies?

Summer Advantage is only a five-week session, with classes meeting every day, Monday-Friday. In the regular school year, a semester is 16-weeks, typically meeting 2-3 times per week. Classes offered during Summer Advantage are not shortened classes, they still cover all the same material a 16-week course would cover, but quicker and more intensely.

Missing one day of class during Summer Advantage equals missing about 1 to 1.5 weeks of course material, depending on the course.

It is very important that students and parents understand that students should not miss any days of Summer Advantage. Many Summer Advantage instructors have policy clearly laid out in their syllabi language that prohibits missing last day of class.

When planning travel back home after the program, realize that a you could potentially fail or receive an incomplete on their final grade if they miss the last day of classes.

However, we also understand emergencies and issues that are not in students’ control. Each student’s situation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us at advantage@wsu.edu or at 509-335-3530.

 

Parent FAQs

How will I be able to contact my student?

Most cell phone providers get great service in Pullman. All of the residence halls come equipped with telephone jacks. Please let us know if you would like for us to arrange to have the jack turned-on in your child’s room. It will cost approximately $50 for the month. This service includes a phone and voice mail. Arrange a set time for phone calls with your son or daughter once their schedule is finalized. Your son or daughter will also be given a WSU email account.

Will I be able to email my student?

Every student enrolled at Washington State University is provided a free email account. Email is a popular form of contact on campus and is a great way for you to keep in touch with your son or daughter throughout the program. If your son or daughter isn’t bringing a computer, students have access to a limited number of computers with free access such as the libraries, Avery Writing Lab, and Multicultural Student Center.

How many hours a day will my son/daughter need to study?

In college, your son/daughter may be shocked by the workload they face. Many students are surprised at the differences in studying for college courses versus how they studied in high school. For every hour spent in class, your student will probably need to study at least two hours.

The Summer Advantage courses are held an hour and a half hours a day, Monday through Friday. We suggest studying during daylight hours, when students are most alert, but it will be unique to each student. We will be offering study skill and test taking workshops during Summer Advantage.

How many students live on campus?

Washington State University in Pullman is a residential university. Every summer about 5,000 students attend summer session classes over the three summer session class blocks. Most students live within walking distance to campus.

What steps does the WSU Summer Programs Office take to ensure students safety during the program?

Pullman is located in a rural community that is relatively safe. The goal of the WSU Police Department, WSU administration, and Summer Programs, is to do everything possible to create an environment where people can feel safe to learn, work, live, and visit.

It is very important to us that students are living on-campus in a safe and secure environment. Summer Advantage staff members perform nightly rounds in their buildings and have an on-call system during the evenings and on weekends. Outside doors to the Northside Hall are locked at all times.

Students also play a role in assuring their own safety by complying with safety guidelines as they would at any location.

Can students arrive early or stay beyond the program’s closing date?

In order to arrive earlier than the program start date, please contact our staff at advantage@wsu.edu. No to staying late. We cannot make any exceptions on this matter, so your last day in Northside would be the Saturday following your last day of class. Additionally, students are NOT able to store belongings in a residence hall or move into their fall residence hall early.

  • Advantage Mini Storage 509-332-0865
  • Blue Sky Self Storage 509-334-7444
  • C&S Mini Storage 509-332-2526
  • Evergreen Storage 509-334-0234
  • Grand Ave Storage and Supply 509-332-1281
  • KIP Development 509-334-7444
  • Pullman Mini Storage 509-334-7939

Student-Athletes: Per NCAA rules, we are limited in the days that athletics can provide housing and food. If a student-athletes wishes to come early or store items following the completion of Summer Advantage, we can help arrange accommodations. Please contact Brittany Thackery at b.thackery@wsu.edu with any questions.

What are the supervisory roles of Summer Advantage staff?

Our philosophy is to create an environment that is fun and exciting with support for student success. Our staff will assist Summer Advantage students in getting oriented, acclimated, and familiar with all aspects of university life that will ultimately aid in their success while at Washington State University.

In addition to organizing activities and assisting students, our highly trained, motivated, and experienced staff provides the necessary supervision to ensure the safety and well-being of our Summer Advantage students. All staff members are Washington State University undergraduate upperclassmen or graduate students who have proven themselves through past experiences working with WSU first-years as well as experience in the residence halls.

Student-Athletes: Student-athletes will be assigned a team advisor who will have weekly meetings to check on academic progress and overall well-being of the student-athlete.

What medical care is provided for an ill student?

In our Summer Advantage program, a Summer Advantage staff member will escort any ill student to the on-campus Health and Wellness Center for proper medical attention. In the event of a medical emergency, students will be taken to the nearest hospital emergency room. All medical expenses incurred (including prescription and nonprescription medication) are the responsibility of the student and his/her parents.

Student-Athletes: In case of a medical emergency, certified team athletic trainers should be contacted and our team physicians will be available throughout Summer Advantage.

What services are covered by the Health and Wellness fee?

The Health and Wellness fee provides free access to physicians and other practitioners, registered nurses, and health educators for primary health care and preventive health education. Students can consult a health care provider with an appointment during regular operating hours without charge. Students have access to the urgent care clinic, the nurse clinic, the telephone nurse, the women’s clinic, the observation room, and the minor surgery room at no charge.

In addition to the above, students have no-cost access to various wellness programs on campus. All students have access to the HWS pharmacy where they can purchase prescription and over-the-counter medications at very competitive prices. The pharmacy will fill prescriptions from non-HWS providers and accepts many major health insurance pharmacy cards. Items purchased at HWS that are not covered by the student health fee can be paid for in cash, charged to a credit or debit card, the Cougar card, or a student’s university account.

Student-Athletes: Athletics pays the Health and Wellness fee for scholarship student-athletes. International Health and Wellness fee will be covered for any Non-US residents.

What is the Student Recreation Center fee and the Chinook Fee?

The Student Recreation Center and Chinook Fee allows students unlimited usage of the Student Recreation Center and the Chinook Building during daily operational hours. Visit the University Recreation website to find other opportunities for recreation during your stay this summer.

We have a family vacation scheduled during portions of Summer Advantage. Can my student still attend the program?

If your student will have to miss any of Summer Advantage, especially more than three days, we do not recommend attending Summer Advantage.

Summer Advantage is only a five-week session, with classes meeting every day, Monday-Friday. In the regular school year, a semester is 16-weeks, typically meeting 2-3 times per week. Classes offered during Summer Advantage are not shortened classes, they still cover all the same material a 16-week course would cover, but quicker and more intensely.

Missing one day of class during Summer Advantage equals missing about 1 to 1.5 weeks of course material, depending on the course.

It is very important that students and parents understand that students should not miss any days of Summer Advantage. Many Summer Advantage instructors have policy clearly laid out in their syllabi language that prohibits missing last day of class.

When planning travel back home after the program, realize that a your student could potentially fail or receive an incomplete on their final grade if they miss the last day of classes. Please do not book your student a plane or bus ticket without ensuring your student’s final grades will not be impacted by leaving early.

However, we also understand emergencies and issues that are not in students’ control. Each student’s situation will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. If you have any questions regarding this, please contact us at advantage@wsu.edu or at 509-335-3530.