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The Lehigh University Student Scholars Institute starts with a three-week intensive college preparatory experience designed for incoming first year students who identify as first generation and/or low income. In addition to their academic potential, these students show much promise in the areas of leadership and community/civic engagement. Hosted by the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity branch at Lehigh through the Office of Student Access and Success, the program provides an academic and social orientation to the life at Lehigh, and promotes personal growth and educational achievement. During the summer session, students will work closely with Lehigh Professors as they attend classes and work on projects and research opportunities that expose them to the rigors and culture of Lehigh University. The Institute also prepares students for leadership and community engagement through weekly seminars, while helping them access the various resources Lehigh has to offer. The summer preparatory experience also includes a weekly professional development series, allowing students to start and refine their professional profiles as students and future leaders.
Beyond the summer portion of LUSSI, the Office of Student Access and Success works in collaboration with academic offices and other resources to provide students with a variety of experiential enrichment activities, such as tutoring, leadership retreats, a mentorship program as well as a capstone project to better assist in the adjustment and success of each individual at Lehigh University.
Students who are unable to participate during the summer experience have the opportunity to join the LUSSI cohort of their graduating class and participate in the year long activities that help them thrive and succeed as first generation college students.