Welcome from the Director

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Susanna Cowan
Susanna Cowan, Program Director

By mid-May, many UConn students have returned home to work and play, to begin summer internships, or departed for study abroad, travel or other adventures.  Although there are fewer current students around, the walkways are still at times bustling with groups who’ve come on campus for Orientation, conferences, or other unique summer programs.  (You may find yourself a student in one of those groups soon!)

UConn First Summer offers you as an incoming student the one-time-only chance to dig in a little early to your UConn coursework and experience.   During five weeks in July and August, you will take two courses, make friends, and get to know the UConn campus and community.  All of this against the background of the summertime Storrs campus, which is a beautiful, relaxed place!  Although five-week courses are intensive, students tell us again and again that there is still ample time to wander around campus, explore Storrs Downtown, hang out with friends, get a little extra sleep (quite a change from senior year in high school!), or just do nothing.

Within the program itself, we'll run plenty of activities. Faculty who teach classes for First Summer have helped us design a film series that finds intersections between the content of the courses you'll be taking and themes in some of the most popular movies of the past decade. We also run a "lightning round" that introduces you to key campus resources, an tour of UConn's "green" campus that explains why UConn has been ranked a top Sierra Club Cool School several years running. And much more.

If you still do have the energy, we also pack the program with fun events like bonfires and trivia nights and bubble soccer and more. UConn Recreation runs many fun summertime events, including paddle boarding, rock climbing, hiking, and keeping fit in the BodyWise program.  And Student Activities continues to run some perennial favorites like ice cream "bucket" days and optional trips to places around the region and state. And if that's not enough, there are plenty of things to do around campus and town: check out the world-renowned UConn Ballard Institute Puppet museum—perhaps attend a “puppet slam”! Find your way downtown for an art's fair. Or a Concert on the Green.  Or the farmer’s market.  Or a nighttime movie on the green. The list goes on.

What you bring to the experience is what you already have: great academic preparation and an eagerness to get started at UConn. What we bring is great classes, a beautiful campus, the relaxed pace of summer, and many activities and events, including those designed just for UConn First Summer students. Let us help connect the dots between your academic career and your greater UConn experience.  

Students who have attended First Summer tell us again and again about the good friends who they took with them into their first year at UConn—who are still their friends one, two, and three years later.  As one student put it, "I really enjoyed getting to know people who were new to UConn in a smaller group than the typical campus population during the fall ... It made me feel better knowing a few people I could rely on going into the fall semester."

We hope to see you this summer!  Let us know if you have any questions.
Susanna Cowan, PhD, Director

UConn First Summer/
UConn Summer and Winter Programs