After You're Accepted
Congratulations! We have reserved your space in Valdosta State University's Summer Bridge Academy! You were selected for this exclusive program based on your potential for success. You can look forward to many benefits as an SBA participant including having the chance to get acclimated to campus before all of the other students return, earning credits early to get ahead of other first-year students, and feeling a sense of comfort with your fellow classmates and professors. Now that you’ve been accepted, there are a few items you’ll need to take care of before classes begin. Completing these steps before your classes begin June 10, 2015 will help to make your transition to Valdosta State smooth and easy.
*On May 6, 2015, all accepted SBA students were sent an updated letter via email and to your permanent address. This letter outlines important reminders and dates. See the link below to view a copy of that letter.
Students participating in SBA will live in a residence hall on campus: Hopper Hall. The priority deadline for housing registration needs to be completed as soon as possible. It is recommended that you have the one-time housing application fee of $325 paid and complete registration for your housing assignment after you are admitted to SBA. You will live in Hopper Hall for the SBA semester only so be sure to fill out a separate contract for Fall and Spring or you will not have a secured space on campus to live after SBA is over. Please be aware that housing registration and assignments are based on a first-come, first-served policy. If you miss the priority deadline, sign up for your housing assignment as soon as possible to ensure that your information has been processed and your space in your residence hall has been secured. SBA students will move in to their residence halls June 7, 2015.
- Student ID Number / 870- number: you receive this when you are at least tentatively accepted. This will be used as your username!
- Pin Number (password): Initially, your password is set to your birthday in this format (MONDDYYYY), i.e., JAN011993.
For more information on VSU Housing, please visit their website.
SBA students should have completed BOTH 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 FAFSA forms upon application to the program. If you have not done so, complete this process as soon as possible. Students MUST complete the 2014-2015 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application in order for SBA summer semester 2015 eligibility to be determined for federal financial aid programs, which includes student loans and grants as well as the HOPE Scholarship. Students MUST ALSO complete the 2015-2016 FAFSA application in order to be eligible for financial aid in the fall and spring semesters. To find more information on eligibility and how to apply for financial aid, please visit Valdosta State University’s Financial Aid Office’s website, contact them at 229-333-5935, OR visit Federal Student Aid’s website.
Summer Bridge Academy students will be required to attend the Orientation session on June 8, 2015. During this session, you will:
- Receive your class schedule
- Receive your VSU 1Card (Student ID)
- Meet with Financial Aid and Housing representatives who will be available to answer any questions you may have
Please visit the VSU Orientation web site for a list of orientation dates. You will need you VSU ID Number/870 number and pin number (password) to register for an Orientation session.
Students enrolled in the Math SBA cohorts will need to purchase the following by June 9, 2015:
- Your book with MyMath Lab codes
- Graphing calculator (TI-83, TI-83 Plus, TI-84, OR TI-84 Plus)
**SBA students need to register for the Summer Orientation session held on Monday, June 8, 2015.
**SBA students DO NOT need to register for SBA classes. You will already been placed in the required classes, and your schedules should be available for viewing via Banner.
Once you have officially been accepted into the SBA program, you may view your schedule by:
1. Log In to Banner
2. Click on the "Student Services and Financial Aid" tab
3. Select the "Registration" link
4. Select either "Student Schedule by Day & Time" or "Student Detail Schedule"
If you cannot view your SBA schedule after following the directions listed above, please contact Ashley M. Cooper at firstname.lastname@example.org.
VSU Welcome Programs
The Student Success Center will host 3 academic workshops, presented exclusively for SBA students, during the semester to help facilitate the transition from high school to college classes. There will also be social programs available to SBA students to give you an opportunity to introduce yourself to your classmates and other VSU students in order to start building friendships that will last throughout the program’s duration and into the rest of your time here at VSU.