Geneva, NY — For the 24nd consecutive year, Hobart and William Smith Colleges will offer their Summer Academic Orientation Program (SAOP) for selected first-year students. Approximately 35 students from New York and other eastern states will participate in the five-week offering, from June 27 to July 31, on the Colleges' Geneva campus.
Edward M. Blackwell, associate dean for intercultural affairs, says that the SAOP is “part of a program that provides access to higher education for students who have demonstrated high potential to do college-level work while attending high schools that are not as competitive as those traditionally attended by prospective Hobart and William Smith students.”
The program has grown in rigor each year that it has been offered, Blackwell adds, and now provides college-level experiences in biology, mathematics, writing, use of computers to do college work, and study/time management skills. Instruction in the use of computers for mathematics and in writing are tailored specifically to prepare students to use equipment available at HWS, he adds.
In addition to their academic work, SAOP students have opportunities for recreation and social activities on weekends. Eligible students also participate in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program, a nutrition program that provides meals free of charge and without regard to race, color, sex, handicap, age, or national origin.
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