University of Evansville


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

The Freshman Edge

Freshman Edge is a unique nine 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 to make a smooth transition to college!

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.”

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


June 17-25, 2015 (immediately before SOAR II)


2015 rate: $1800 (all inclusive)

  • $150 non-refundable deposit secures your registration
  • Full payment due May 1, 2015

Get an Edge!

  • Nine day trial run
    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
    • 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 – movies on the lawn, 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.

2015 Course Information
3 credit hour interdisciplinary. Space limited to 20 students.

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