The office of summer studies continued its success, drawing more than 10,000 participants to Saint Louis University this summer for the third year in a row.
Summer studies focuses on supporting, developing, implementing and highlighting the numerous summer opportunities for Pre-K-12th grade students; encouraging high school and college students to take advantage of summer course offerings; and establishing SLU as a destination for international summer programming and national conferences.
As part of the office of summer studies branding, the Summer At SLU initiative seeks to build community awareness of activities occurring on campus between May and August while increasing the number of visitors, the revenue generated and the University’s level of community engagement – ultimately leading to more prospective SLU students in years to come.
In 2015, 14 new camps and academies were added (bringing the total of Pre-K-12th grade programs to 52), and over 200 scholarships awarded. Well-known programs such as Camp Invention, Little Medical School and the Campus Recreation Youth Program experienced strong growth much like newer programs such as the Grand Theater Camp, Grand Arts Camp and International Business Academy. Likewise, many of the sports camps reached maximum capacity with record numbers this year, resulting in a nine percent total increase for camps/academies across campus compared to last year and an 106 percent total increase since 2012.
Summer conferences and events drew 37 groups to the SLU campus, with a three percent increase in the number of guests. Significant new, larger and longer conferences included the Graduate Orthodontic Residents Program and the Ignatian Spirituality Conference.
Campus was also filled with undergraduate and graduate students. Students could be found in class at the John Cook School of Business, eating lunch at the Fresh Gatherings Café or studying outside the Global Citizenship Center. Notably, the Doisy College of Health Sciences and the English as a Second Language program saw increases in their summer enrollment over last year.
Summer At SLU also expanded in 2015 to include international immersion programs and hosted more than 100 students from China and Madrid in July and August. Students spent their days in the classroom learning about global health, geographic information systems and engineering, while their evenings were filled with exploring our campus and the city of St. Louis.
You can relive all the excitement, activity and learning that occurred on campus this summer by checking out the weekly recap videos and photo albums on the Summer At SLU Facebook page. Additionally, Summer At SLU programming for next year will be announced beginning January 2016 on summer.slu.edu.
If you or your department have an idea for a summer program and/or are interested in developing one, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org. There are numerous opportunities for growth and the office of summer studies looks forward to working with you to spotlight your programs, engage the community and build the foundation for future Billikens to have their best summer yet in 2016!