Summer Institute

Math and Science Summer Institute

The Math and Science Summer Institute provides students with an on-campus living experience prior to the beginning of freshman year, while introducing them
to the scientific research process. Students will meet the following goals: 

  • Demonstrate the mathematical skills and proficiencies required to enroll in and successfully pass pre-calculus in the freshman year of study. 
  • Identify and utilize the scientific method and understand its role in the development of science.
  • Increase their level of critical thinking. 

During MSSI Program, students will recieve

  • Free On-Campus Housing
  • Free College Courses (totaling 5-6 credts)
  • Free "College Survival Skills" workshops
  • A stipend of $100 per week

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  • Student must be accepted to Virginia Union University as a first-time freshmen for the 2018 Fall Semester
  • Student must have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Student must have a Mathematics SAT score of 450 or higher, and a combined SAT score of 1000 or higher

Application Requirements

  • An essay that describes the student's career goals, science background (including relevant high school courses, employment, or other experiences), and reasons why the Math and Science Summer Institute would be beneficial to him/her. The student must also list favorite courses taken, hobbies, other interests, and literature that is read on a regular basis.
  • Two recommendation letters from individuals who can attest to the student's academic ability. 
  • An official ACCUPLACER Test. The test may be taken at Virginia Union University or at your current location or institution. 

For any additional questions, feel free to contact CAPSinSTEM@vuu.edu or the Program Director, Dr. Karl Jackson, at ktjackson2@vuu.edu