Enrichment Program Supports Students

Posted: June 25, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Michelle Nery

The Summer Enrichment Academy (SEA) takes place on the Fairfax Campus from June 27 to August 10 with 52 incoming freshman participants. The program is designed to give academic and social support to George Mason applicants who exhibit collegiate potential prior to beginning their freshman year. Students admitted to the SEA program commit to a six-week summer program and a component that continues throughout the freshman year.

The academy’s focus has been to facilitate the enrollment and retention of underrepresented students at George Mason. The academy is funded with a $90,000 grant from the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia, so only Virginia residents are eligible to participate. The Office of Diversity Programs and Services administers the program, but any applicant may be considered for the program at the discretion of the George Mason admissions committee.

During the summer, students will be expected to attend and successfully complete three summer classes, attend mandatory evening study halls, live on campus with a roommate, abide by weekend and evening curfews, and attend cultural weekend excursions. During the year, students will be expected to keep their course load to a maximum of 12 credits per semester, attend group and individual meetings, attend personal and professional workshops, and submit progress reports.

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