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Summer Bloom Program

The Summer Bloom Program is designed to prepare a cohort of newly admitted first-year students for life at college – academically and socially. During the program, students will complete college-level coursework and live at Valparaiso University at no cost to the student to help adjust to campus life. Through the Summer Bloom Program, students enhance their college experience and increase degree attainment at Valparaiso University.

The Summer Bloom Program 2022 is at capacity.

We are no longer able to accept new applicants, but we would encourage you to connect with the Office of Multicultural Programs to learn of other resources and programs on campus that will help you navigate Valpo this fall as a new student to campus.


  • Welcome Program: Wednesday, July 6, 2022
  • Program Dates: July 6 to August 3, 2022
  • Location: Valparaiso University


Due to limited spaces in the program, students will be invited to participate. Priority will be given to students who identify as first generation or underrepresented college students.


The Summer Bloom Program will help you

  • Complete a free college course resulting in three credit hours earned which will count towards graduation.
  • Experience living in a University residence hall prior to the start of classes.
  • Earn a $500 scholarship for your first semester at Valpo by completing the program.
  • Build your confidence by participating in college life and academics before the fall semester begins.
  • Learn about classroom expectations from college professors.
  • Strengthen your writing, communication, and math abilities.
  • Participate in interactive team building activities to help you connect with other new students and prepare you for college life.

If you would like to be considered for the Summer Bloom Program or have additional questions, please contact our program directors Jennifer Easthope and Lezlie Ontiveros at

Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday
7 a.m. – 9 a.m.    Breakfast and free time
9 a.m. – Noon     Class
Noon – 2 p.m.     Lunch and free time
2 p.m. – 5 p.m.    Academic support workshops
5 p.m. – 10 p.m.  Dinner and evening activities

Morning           Academic skills seminars and support workshops
Afternoon        Student Life programs and activities.

Field Trips and group outings exploring the regional community through activities and service.

Language of Power, Power of Language
Because we recognize that language can be both a source of and a barrier to power, we’re committed to helping our students recognize the social and political implications of language in order to succeed and be effective and compassionate citizens. This three-credit course will be an interactive and engaging foray into a variety of social and academic topics intended to prepare students to be critical thinkers, readers and writers, who can recognize how language is used to persuade and advocate for individuals and communities.

How many students will be admitted to attend the Summer Bloom Program?
  • We have 25 spots in the Summer Bloom Program for the upcoming Fall 2022 semester.
Why should I attend the Summer Bloom Program?
  • The Summer Bloom Program is a cost-effective way to expedite college graduation and adjust to life away from home. During the program, students will be fully immersed in college life – before the semester begins. You can expect one-on-one time with professors while learning about the academic expectations of the University. With social and team building activities, you will cultivate new friendships that may last beyond the program and through your academic career. You will also get a jump start on your career by earning three credit hours that count towards graduation. The program will support success by providing you with the academic skills and social resources needed to succeed at Valpo.

Where will I live during the Summer Bloom Program?
  • You will have the opportunity to live in a residence hall on campus during the Summer Bloom Program.
What should I bring when I move on to campus?
  • Take a look at the Residential Life website for more information on what to bring, what is not allowed, and what will be provided in your residence hall
Can I work during the Summer Bloom Program?
  • Because the Summer Bloom Program is intended to be an academic and social immersion program, students are prohibited from working during the program’s duration. Due to social and team-building activities this includes an inability to work on weekends.
What is a Cohort?
  • A cohort refers to a group of students that enter a program together and remain together throughout its duration. During the Summer Bloom Program, you and your classmates will begin at the same time, follow the same course of study, and complete the program together.
Do I need to attend orientation before beginning the Summer Bloom Program?
  • Yes. Any students interested in participating in the Summer Bloom Program must first attend FOCUS, Valpo’s new student orientation. See more information at
What is the cost of the Summer Bloom Program?
  • The program is free to participate and students will earn course credit at no charge
Why is it called the Summer Bloom Program?
  • The Summer Bloom Program honors the legacy of the late Prof. Alan Bloom, a much-loved faculty member, campus leader, and recipient of Valpo’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Award. Prof. Bloom’s vision of a truly inclusive Valpo took many forms, including chairship of the Diversity Concerns Committee; the creation of the Summer Global Leadership Institute and the Summer Smart Summer Fun camps; and active involvement in Habitat for Humanity and the City of Valparaiso’s Advisory Human Relations Council. Among his many impactful contributions to our campus and surrounding communities Prof. Bloom, envisioned and initiated the process that led to the creation of this program.