The Freshman Edge

Freshman Edge is a unique eight day summer transition program designed for incoming freshmen who want to begin their college experience with an edge on success. Students will take a 2-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, and be prepared to make a smooth transition to college!


June 11-18, 2016


2016 rate: $1650 (all inclusive)

  • $150 non-refundable deposit secures your registration
  • Full payment due May 1, 2016

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

What Edgers had to say about the program...

“I know I can handle college now.”
“All the professors were great. Very helpful through all stages of (the) learning process.”
“I really liked the family that we all formed in our time here.”
“The mentors were awesome. They were always there if we needed any help.”
“The amount of preparation I will have for college. I can’t wait.”

Get an Edge!

  • Eight day trial run
    Learn all things “college”
    (bonus – 2 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
    • Get advice from upper-class mentor students
    • Participate in a social responsibility project
    • Master Blackboard basics
    • Experience residence hall life (know what to bring in the fall)
    • Have fun – crazy games, talent show, the Slice . . .
    • Friends – join Facebook count-down to fall Welcome Week

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

2016 Course Information
2 credit hour interdisciplinary. Space limited to 20 students.

Science and Math in the Environment

Course Description

This hands-on, interdisciplinary course is designed to introduce students to skills in biology, chemistry, physics, and math and their applications in the environment. Students will explore conservation issues, pollution problems, and how alternative energy works. Students will plan a project to make a real difference in the local environment and write a final paper based on in-depth research on an environmental science topic. In addition, there will be laboratory activities, discussions, and problem-solving exercises. The course offers a good introduction to study in any science or math-related major.


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Office Location:
Room 106, Olmsted Administration Hall