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Welcome to the Summer Institute! 

August 18 - September 6, 2019

(International Students: August 17 - September 6, 2019)

The Summer Institute (SI), (Formerly called the Freshman Academic Institute, or FAI), is a three-week summer program in which new Lawrentians experience academic and campus life at Lawrence. The centerpiece of SI is a two-course curriculum in which students engage in the liberal arts tradition of learning as it occurs at Lawrence, through close interaction with our dedicated faculty and collaboration with fellow students. Students also engage with campus resources to enhance their academic skills and extra-curricular activities that connect them with peers, upperclassmen, and the larger community. SI is held each summer on the Lawrence campus during the three weeks leading up to Welcome Week.

  • Curricular:  Participants enroll in two SI courses taught by Lawrence faculty: the SI Seminar, a small, discussion-based, writing-intensive seminar that explores works from a variety of academic disciplines; and Topics in Psychology, a larger, lecture-based exploration of the multifaceted world of the psychological sciences. Successful completion of these courses allows students to earn three academic credits that can be applied toward graduation requirements.
  • Co-curricular: Students further develop their academic skills through workshops, peer-tutoring sessions, and interaction with campus resources and services.
  • Extracurricular: Students are introduced to social life at Lawrence by Program Assistants, Lawrence upperclassmen who lead recreational and social activities such as bowling, picnics, hiking, and movies. During the Summer Institute, students, staff, and faculty spend a weekend at Björklunden, Lawrence's northern campus on the shore of Lake Michigan in Door County.
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"[The Summer Institute] was like a practice run for everything that happens at Lawrence, and I think that was my biggest takeaway.  If you’re given an opportunity to perform better, or to prepare yourself so that you can perform better, then why not take it?” - 2014 Participant

Frequently Asked Questions