EARN COLLEGE CREDITS BEFORE YOU COME TO LEHIGH!!!!
Get a head start on your university experience with the Virtual College Success Academy (VCSA) for new first-year students starting at Lehigh in fall semester.
Competitive Provost's Scholarship for VSCA Summer Tuition Available for Qualifying Students
The First-Year College Success Academy includes an online, live and interactive course focused on Preparation for University Life and Language (3 credits for undergraduates, 1 credit for graduate students). In the course, you will learn about university culture, develop your academic communication and study skills, and engage virtually with Lehigh teachers, staff and students on campus. Specifically, you will meet online with the teacher and other students as a whole class at times, and at other times you will meet individually with the teacher and in small groups online. By the end of VCSA, you will be more comfortable coming to Lehigh, and you will be ready to succeed in your classes and on campus.
In the First-Year College Success Academy, you will:
- Interview and engage with Lehigh staff, students, and professors
- Make new friends and communicate informally outside of class
- Learn how to and give multi-modal presentations using innovative technology
- Learn how to communicate with your professors and advisors
- Engage in academic discussions and improve argumentation skills
- Take virtual tours with current Lehigh students
- Learn about university resources for success
- Participate in virtual campus social events
New international undergraduate students and transfer students will receive the Provost's scholarship to cover VCSA tuition. All other students will pay the per-credit tuition rate for summer session credits.
First-Year College Success Academy
(for international undergraduates, transfers, and exchanges)
July 5th to August 11th, 2023
Application Deadline (exchange students): May 30, 2023 with $50 application fee
*Full Tuition Payment for Exchange Student by July 7, 2023
Application Deadline (all other students): June 20, 2023 (earlier application submission encouraged) with $50 application fee
PAY APPLICATION FEE $50 (Non-Refundable)
To learn more about the program, watch the student video testimonial below or sign up for a virtual information session. Please note, all times are in Eastern Standard Time (GMT-5).
April 14, 2023, and May 19, 2023, 8:30-9:45 a.m. (New York time)
Learn More about the Instructors
Ms. Kayla Landers
VCSA Coordinator & Instructorkml315@lehigh.edu
Ms. Mary Newbegin
VCSA Coordinator & Instructorman311@lehigh.edu
Ms. Teresa Cusumano
Dr. Mark Ouellette
Program Director & Teaching Professor