University of Evansville


UE average class size is 18 students and the student to faculty ratio is 13:1.

The Freshman Edge

The Freshman Edge

Freshman Edge is a unique 8-day summer transition program designed for incoming freshmen who want to begin their college experience with an edge on success. Students will take a 3-hour college credit course, work closely with UE faculty, experience life in the residence halls, meet upper-class mentor students, and make new friends. This program allows students to ask meaningful questions, make connections, explore the campus, become accountable, and be prepared make a smooth transition to college!

What Edgers had to say about the program...

“Classes were interesting, people were awesome, and I get 3 credits. Best deal ever.”
“I loved the new family I have found.”
“...the friendliness, connective environment, and phenomenal instruction”
“Challenging and engaging, while still leaving time for fun. “
“...the amount of preparation I will have for college. I can’t wait.”
“Edge was perfect. It provided a sneak peak to college life as well as helping us earn credit and make friends.”
“I am SO glad I did this.”

Contact Paula Heldt at or call 812-488-2479 if you have additional questions.


2015 dates expected mid-March


2015 fees expected mid-March

2014 rate: $1650 (all inclusive)

  • $100 Early Registration Discount before March 1, 2014
  • $150 non-refundable deposit secures your registration
  • Full payment due May 1, 2014

Get an Edge!

  • Eight day trial run – at a minimal cost
    Learn all things “college”
    (bonus – 3 credit hours)
    • Meet UE faculty
    • Challenge yourself in a class with other competitive students
    • Develop and use critical reading, writing, and presentation skills in a college class
    • Use academic resources available on campus
    • Increase your learning through hands-on field experiences
    • Learn to manage your time for study and campus activities
    • Participate in a social responsibility project
    • Master Blackboard basics
    • Experience residence hall life (know what to bring in the fall)
    • Get advice from upper-class mentor students
    • Have fun – movies on the lawn, talent show, the Slice . . .
    • Friends – join Facebook count-down to fall Welcome Week

UE faculty, professional staff, and community leaders facilitate the programs that Freshman Edge students attend.

2014 Courses Offered

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)

Course Description

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

Course Description

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 murder mystery by analyzing DNA samples at a (hypothetical!) crime scene
  • Learn how to use cooking oil to run your car
  • Help Angry Birds find their targets
  • Get to know faculty and upper-class science students and learn about their research
  • Earn three credits towards your college degree