EPsAR Summer Bridge Program

Experiential Problem-solving & Analytical Reasoning

Our summer program has been canceled due to the lack of funding. EPsAR will re-resume in the future, if we receive funding. Watch here for an announcement.

If you have an ACT (SAT) Mathematics sub-score below 20 (450) or an ACT (SAT) Composite score of 1-17 (400-830) and have been told by the Admissions Office that you must take a Developmental Math and/or a Developmental Reading course, THIS PROGRAM IS FOR YOU!

About the Program

Xavier’s EPsAR (Experiential Problem-solving & Analytical Reasoning) Summer Program is an intensive six (6) week summer bridge program designed to strengthen mathematics, problem-solving, critical-thinking, and reading skills. The program consists of a series of 1½-hour labs in mathematics with biology, chemistry, engineering, & physics applications; analytical reasoning; and group competition to promote development of a peer support system.  Group-study workshops will be incorporated in the program.
EPsAR is held on the campus of Xavier University of Louisiana in New Orleans, Louisiana.  EPsAR is sponsored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) through the HBCU-UP grant and Xavier University of LA.

Why Attend?

  • Allows Summer Remediation
  • Allows Acclimation to the Xavier campus
  • Fun Atmosphere in a structured, learning environment
  • Proven Success!
  • Strengthens your chances of passing the Math Placement Test
  • Little Cost to You
  • Avoids taking Non-Degree Mathematics in the Academic Year (and having to pay for it!)
  • Avoids taking Non-Degree Reading in the Academic Year (and having to pay for it!)

Program Goals

  • To strengthen problem-solving and critical-thinking skills
  • To enhance study skills
  • To enhance the study of mathematics and science
  • To provide contact with students who serve as positive role models

Program Overview    
While in the Program Participants will...

  • strengthen problem-solving and critical-thinking skills;
  • develop a close-knit study group of their peers;
  • learn cooperation and how to participate in group activities for future group projects;
  • take regularly scheduled enhancement classes in mathematics;
  • interact with STEM faculty and STEM students;
  • have hands-on experiences in Xavier’s science laboratory;
  • after successfully completing the program, be allowed to test into to a more advanced mathematics course;
  • complete required deliverables specified by the program which may include pre-surveys, pre-tests, post-surveys, and post-tests;
  • attend all scheduled events including lectures, tours and group activities;
  • agree not to be employed during the program and to live in our residence halls; and
  • become eligible for additional scholarship assistance.


U.S. citizens or permanent residents who are members of ethnic groups that are under-represented in engineering and the sciences, to include: African Americans, Native American Indians, Hispanic Americans and Puerto Ricans. Students must be entering as fall 2011 freshmen in a baccalaureate degree program at Xavier University of Louisiana.
Those not eligible: transfer students.

What is the cost of EPsAR?

The cost for the program is $2,600. Each student receives a scholarship of $2,300 to defray the cost of fees, books, room and board, supplemental instruction and tutoring, and all outside activities for the six weeks.
A non-refundable program fee ($300), travel, and personal expenses are the responsibility of the student.

How do I apply/register?

To apply, print the Registration Packet below, complete, and forward it to: SEMEP Office, Xavier University, 1 Drexel Drive–Box 146, New Orleans, LA  70125; or you may fax materials to (504) 520-7966 or 520-7992. The Health Assessment Form should be submitted to: Xavier University Student Health Center, Xavier University of LA, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, LA  70125.




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When will I know if I am accepted? We will confirm your eligibility upon receipt of your registration. The priority registration deadline has been extended to May 24, 2010. If you have questions or concerns call our office at (504) 520-7646.


Date What to do

June 19

Residence Hall Check-in

  • Men go to St. Michael Residence Hall
    3935 Pine Street, New Orleans, LA 70125 (504-520-7347)
  • Women go to Katharine Drexel Residence Hall
    7238 Dixon Street, New Orleans, LA 70125  (504-520-7350)

Orientation & Registration
NCF Science Addition, room TBA

June 20

Classes begin

July 29

Last day of class

July 30

Residence Hall Check-out
All students must check out of the dormitory by 12:00 noon      

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