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Academics & Co-Curricular Activities

Bulldog Scholars Academy participants enroll in math and freshman seminar, with the opportunity to earn up to six credits toward graduation. Students are supported with supplemental instructors and tutors. 



Participants register for one of the following math courses. Placement is based on major. Bulldog Scholar's Academy staff will provide registration details in June.

  • Math 125, College Algebra
  • Math 127, Math Ideas
  • Math 141, Pre-Calculus


Freshman Seminar

 Freshman Seminar is required of all first-year students. The summer course is broken into two components:

  1. Orientation to college: participants are introduced to campus organizations and resources, engage in personal discovery, and learn academic skills. Students are challenged to explore majors and career opportunities, build resumes, apply for scholarships, interact with professionals, develop study strategies, create schedules, discover their strengths, and much, much more. This portion of the class meets on Mondays and Fridays.
  2. Critical reading and inquiry: Designed to ignite students' love for learning and build a strong academic foundation, this segment is highly interactive. Students meet in the morning for a brief discussion and reconvene in the afternoon to explore text and practice the concepts they are learning. This portion of the class meets Tuesday through Thursday.


Supplemental Instruction and Tutoring

Supplemental Instructors (SIs)/Tutors are college students or recent graduates with a record of outstanding academic performance. One SI is assigned to each course. SIs attend class and provide group and individual sessions at scheduled times throughout the day. 


Co-Curricular Activities

To provide context for learning and offer students an opportunity to explore their roots, Bulldog Scholars Academy offers off-campus and on-campus experiences connected to the curriculum. Potential activities include:

  • Harriet Tubman Underground Railroad tour, Cambridge, Maryland
  • Trail of Enslaved Africans living history tour, Richmond, Virginia
  • Harpers Ferry Tour, West Virginia
  • Star gazing at an astronomical observatory
  • Library of Congress tour, Washington, D.C.
  • On-campus meetings with accomplished professionals