The Freshman Edge
Freshman Edge is a unique 8-day summer program designed for incoming freshmen who want to begin their college experience with an edge on success. Students will have a chance to experience residence hall life, make new friends, meet upper-classmen, as well as work closely with UE faculty members. This program allows students to ask questions, seek answers, make connections, explore the campus, and be prepared to make a smooth transition to college!
What participants had to say about the program...
"Edge rocked. Now instead of being the nervous wreck I was before I went, I'm confident I won't be lost or nervous about UE. Now I just have to worry about big research papers!"
"Everyone was so nice. I have never made friends so fast in my life."
"Very helpful in all things 'college.' THANKS!"
"At first I just thought it would be a way for me to get three credit hours. I had no idea how much fun I would end up having."
"This was the most beneficial thing I could have done being an incoming freshman. I have learned about all different kinds of programs and organizations on campus. I have gotten to know my way around campus. I have also had the opportunity to meet a lot of the professors here and some fellow incoming students."
"I don't know how I would've handled college without EDGE."
- Register online for The Freshman Edge
- Download the Freshman Edge Brochure
- Printout and send in a registration Form
- Campus Map
- What to Bring
Contact Judy Caldwell at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 800-423-8633 ext. 2615 if you have additional questions.
June 22 - 29, 2013 immediately after SOAR II
$1650 (all inclusive)
- Space is limited to 50 students
- $150 nonrefundable deposit secures your registration
- The deadline to register has been extended to June 1, 2013.
The Freshman Edge Goals
- Help students develop relationships and gain support among peers
- Engage students in educational and social activities
- Ensure students start college with an understanding of campus life working with upper-class students, professional staff, and faculty members
The Freshman Edge Program offers many opportunities for students to become familiar with the campus and all that UE has to offer. Cultural, social, and educational activities are held throughout the 8-day program to enhance students' collegiate experience and to give them an edge on success.
- Meet UE faculty
- Develop and use critical reading, writing, and presentation skills in a college class
- Become familiar with academic resources available on campus
- Increase your learning through hands-on field experiences
- Challenge yourself in a class with other competitive students
- Learn to manage your time for study and campus activities
- Participate in a social responsibility project
- Learn Blackboard basics
- Begin lifelong college friendships
- Have fun — swimming, talent show, games, and the Slice
UE faculty, professional staff, and community leaders facilitate the programs that The Freshman Edge students attend. This allows the students to meet professors, experience their approach to teaching, and get acquainted with the University community.
Students have a choice of two interdisciplinary course tracks – each are 3 credit hours.
- ID 150: The American Corporation or
- ID 105: Science and Math in Real Life
ID 150: The American Corporation (3 credit hours)
Examines the constitution and functions of American corporations and how they interact in a global society. Studies the corporation as an instrument in the creative process of innovation throughout the world. Social and ethical responsibilities of business entities and responsibility of society toward corporations explored in relation to the role of the corporations as a source on national prosperity and wealth. Involves formal readings a well as an experiential component in which students interact with participating corporate executives.
- Explore the evolution of the American Corporation
- Choose a corporation to study and apply concepts of strategy, marketing, leadership, globalization, ethics, and diversity
- Meet Evansville community leaders in a Community Leader Forum
- Tour an international corporation
- Learn from guest speakers who are experts in their field
- Discover retirement strategies
- Earn three credit hours and satisfy the University general education requirement for writing across the curriculum
ID 105: Science and Math in Real Life
This hands-on, interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to important skills in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics. It will emphasize real-life scientific problems and applications, and the use of critical analysis and mathematics to solve these problems. The course will be arranged into several modules, each focused on a different topic. These modules will emphasize active learning through laboratories, discussions and critical thinking exercises. Students will also present their findings in oral presentations and written lab reports, and begin to develop the important communication skills that are emphasized throughout the curriculum in their majors.
- Use critical analysis and mathematics to study real-life scientific applications
- Solve a CSI- style murder mystery by analyzing DNA Samples at a (hypothetical!) crime scene
- Learn how to use cooking oil to run your car
- Use math to determine the cause of a car crash
- Travel to a local site to find out how math and science affect their operation
- Get to know faculty and upper-class science students and learn about their research
- Earn three credits towards your college degree