F&M's Emerging Scholars Summer Academy

August 1st - August 27th

The Emerging Scholars Summer Academy is a four-week immersion program immediately preceding new student orientation. A small cohort of the Class of 2025 - approximately 25 students- will take 2 courses on F&M's campus. During these four weeks, the cohort of Emerging Scholars will have a chance to get a jumpstart on their time at F&M, learning the ins and outs of campus resources, acclimating themselves to the College's social environment, and preparing for the years ahead. 

The Academy Experience 

The Emerging Scholars Summer Academy is designed to give students a comprehensive running start to their first semester at F&M. To that end, the program is equal parts academic experience, community building, and an exercise in personal development.  

Designed to help participants make the most of their F&M college career, academic and other programming is tied closely together. Small by design, each cohort will be advised and supported by an F&M upperclass student. These cohorts will serve as a backbone community for participants,  with the bonds formed between scholars and peer advisors serving as an ongoing element of their F&M experience. 


Over the course of the Summer Academy, students will take part in two academic courses. These courses are designed to acclimate students to F&M's intimate and rigorous learning environment, while also exposing students to the quintessential elements of the liberal arts.  Students will take: 

  • One writing intensive course
  • One humanities or STEM focused course. 

Upon successful completion of the program, student will earn 1.5 credits toward graduation (before the fall semester even begins!)

Sample Schedule

7:30am - 8:30am Breakfast in the Dining Hall

9am - 9:50am Writing Intensive Course

10am - 11:30am Humanities or STEM course morning section

12:15pm - 1pm Lunch in the Dining Hall

1pm - 2:30pm Humanities or STEM course afternoon section

4pm - 5:30pm Enrichment Programming

6pm - 6:30pm Dinner in the Dining Hall

7pm - 8pm Cohort Check-in

*Scholars will enroll in only one section of the humanities or STEM course. Students enrolled in the STEM course will have a lab section on Wednesday afternoons.

Social and Personal Programming

Alongside the academic course offerings, the four weeks of the Emerging Scholars Summer Academy will also feature extensive extracurricular programming. This programming is designed to give students the resources and knowledge they need to successfully navigate the four years ahead of them at F&M. Programming includes:

  • Workshops on best practices for study skills and habits

  • Counseling workshops on time management, stress reduction, safety, social skills, mental health 

  • Pre-College faculty advising 

  • Financial aid literacy education, with a workshop designed to create a better understanding of award packages and ongoing requirements

  • Introduction to the Office of Student and Post-Graduate Development (OSPGD), with a focus on career exploration, internships, money management, and strengths finding

  • Weekend trips and activities throughout Lancaster County, Philadelphia, Washington D.C., and more

  • An introduction to the Ware Institute for Civic Engagement, with a one-day community service project in Lancaster

  • Social and team building activities on campus

  • Meaningful introductions to spaces, faculty and professional staff across campus, such as the Writing Center, library services, quantitative and science center, student employment, and more

  • A student-led closing event to celebrate completion of the program!


All scholars will be housed in the same residential building on campus. You will live in a double room with another scholar. At the end of the program, you will move in to your College House and room assignment for the Fall 2021 semester.

How Do I Apply? 

Students interested in participating in the program must complete and submit a preference form indicating your interest in the program. The form must be submitted by June 25, 2021. Given the small nature of the program, spots are limited. Students selected to attend will be notified in early July. 

There is no cost to the student to attend Emerging Scholars Summer Academy. Program related expenses will be covered by the College.


Contact Kaitlin Oliver, Senior Assistant Director of Admission and Coordinator of College Access & Inclusion at kaitlin.oliver@fandm.edu.

Information Session Recording 
F&M Emerging Scholars Summer Academy Information Session