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Enrichment Opportunities

As you begin your journey as a Bulldog there are several programs geared toward incoming freshmen to help establish a foundation for you.


Building and Supporting Excellence

July 11 - Aug. 5
Designed to build a foundation for academic excellence, BASE begins with a four-week summer program (July 11 - Aug. 5) and continues to offer support with programming throughout the academic year. Housing, meals, for-credit classes and fun activities during the summer are free of charge. As a BASE participant, you’ll be housed together in Northeast, the University’s newest residence hall. The program is by invitation only. Potential students are invited in May. Contact Dr. Chelsea Kaufman, you have questions.



Biology Intensive Orientation Seminar

Aug. 9 - 13
The Biology Intensive Orientation Seminar (BIOS) is a week-long enrichment program designed to enhance student preparedness and investment in the biological sciences. You’ll spend the week before classes beginning to develop classroom and laboratory skills that will acclimate you to collegiate-level work. You’ll get a chance to explore careers within the biological sciences and spend the week collecting clues, solving problems and performing experiments to try to contain a fictitious disease outbreak on campus. The BIOS Program is for students who have already decided to major in biology. Eligible students will receive an email invitation by June 15. There is no cost to attend, contact Dr. Melissa Fox, if you have questions.


First-Gen Bulldog Bridge Program

Beginning Aug. 5
Are you the first in your family to pursue a four-year degree? First-Gen Bulldogs, which kicks off with a bridge program, will support you and your family as you navigate all the processes of becoming a successful student. You’ll come to campus early (Aug. 5) and receive an in-depth orientation to college life. You’ll learn about available resources, gain a sense of belonging and build community through residence-hall activities. You’ll also be automatically enrolled in the first-gen peer-mentor program. All first-generation students are welcome to apply, but space is limited. There is no cost to attend. Contact Dr. Antonio Jefferson at for details.


Honors Program

Self-Nominate by late Fall
Wingate’s successful honors program is transitioning to an Honors College and has invited a small group of incoming students to take part in a pilot first-year honors experience. If you were not part of that group, you can still nominate yourself for the Honors Program at the end of your first semester. Honors at Wingate offers small, discussion-based classes, travel opportunities that align with coursework, research projects with faculty mentors, social gatherings and events with a diverse, inclusive group of high-potential peers and more.

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