ESBA Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the Early Start Bridge Academy (ESBA)?
Administered by Kennesaw State’s University College, the Early Start Bridge Academy (ESBA) is a three--week program that begins just before the fall semester. This program is a “bridge” because it helps students make the transition into college easier. The 2013 Early Start Bridge Academy will offer students the chance to get an early start in completing one of their mathematics requirements and the KSU First-Year Experience requirement. The program will be held July 15—August 1, 2013 from 8:15 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. on Mondays-Thursdays. Students enrolled in the program have the opportunity to begin the course work in MATH 11111/MATH 2290 and KSU 1101, continuing those courses with the same dedicated instructors, peer mentors and classmates when the regular fall semester begins on August 17, 2013. Students have the extra time to build their foundational algebra skills and academic study skills, with tutorials, at no additional cost to the regular fall tuition.
- How was I selected for this opportunity?
Your college entrance exam(s) show that you can benefit from the added support that the Early Start Bridge Academy provides.
- Do I need to take both of the ESBA classes?
Yes, if you are going to participate in the ESBA, you will be required to take your MATH 1111 and KSU 1101 classes. The “bridge” portion of the program is from Mondays-Tuesdays, July 15-August 1 from 8:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m. You will continue with the two courses through fall semester as well, along with your other two classes that you decide to enroll in for fall semester.
- What is MATH 1111: College Algebra?
This course is a functional approach to algebra that incorporates the use of appropriate technology. Emphasis will be placed on the study of functions and their graphs, inequalities, and linear, quadratic, piece-wise defined, rational, polynomial, exponential, and logarithmic functions.
- What is MATH 2290: College Algebra Lab?
This laboratory course provides prerequisite skills and additional instruction for topics and concepts covered in MATH 1111. Only students who have placed in Learning Support Mathematics are eligible to take this lab. The course is a co-requisite to the special Math 1111 course for learning support student.
The purpose of this course is to provide an option for students placed in Learning Support Math to enroll in a credit level mathematics course (Math 1111) in lieu of completing six credit hours of developmental math. The special Math 2290 lab is a lab that focuses on their mathematical deficiencies and provides assistance with the learning of the topics and concepts of the credit level courses. The co-requisite course will enable students to progress towards graduation while fulfilling their learning support requirement.
- What is KSU 1101: First-Year Experience Seminar?
This course is for first-time first-year students and transfer students with fewer than 30 credit hours designed to acquaint students with the campus and its programs. The course fosters links between student needs and campus resources and emphasizes the development of college survival skills (study methods, time management and effective oral and written communication). Also aids students in selecting majors, identifying career interests, and developing good relationships with students and faculty.
- Are there any additional costs to participate in the ESBA?
No, there are no additional costs to participate in the ESBA as long as you pay your fall tuition. In a matter of fact, you will actually “benefit” from the savings by participating in the ESBA.
- How would I “benefit” from the savings by participating in the ESBA?
In fact, you actually benefit from the savings on college textbooks and supplies that are a part of the ESBA student’s package: 1) a mathematics textbook and My Math Lab online access code (avg. price $350); 2) a TI-83 Plus Graphing Calculator ($150); 3) the KSU 1101 textbook and common reader ($100).
- I live too far to commute to KSU 4 days a week, are you offering any housing arrangements?
If you are considering living on-campus, the ESBA has a “housing block” for students who are participating in the ESBA. The housing block in located in the University Village Suites, building 3000, 3rd floor. Each of the ESBA students will be “paired up” with another ESBA student of the same gender. These students will be able to move in on Saturday, July 13 between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. By living in the housing block, you will remain in the same room and have the same roommate for the entire academic year (July 2013-June 2014). You will be responsible for any funds that are associated with related to this housing option.
*If you are interested in living in the KSUESBA housing block, please contact Ms. Nicoly Y. Myles at (770) 499-3530 or at firstname.lastname@example.org, so that she can add you to the housing list for the ESBA.
- What are the benefits of the ESBA?
As an ESBA participant, you will be able to get to know Kennesaw State University, get an early start on your college academic career, enhance your academic skills, especially those mathematical skills that you need to be a successful college student, meet college professors, and meet new friends.
- What are the dates for the ESBA?
The ESBA will be held on Mondays-Thursdays, July 15-August 1 from 8:15 a.m.-3:00 p.m. The two classes that you will begin during this time will continue through fall semester when you add two or three additional courses to your course load in August.
- What are the ESBA program requirements?
**The program requirements for the ESBA are as follows:
- To be eligible to participate in the Early Start Bridge Academy, all applicants must be eligible for high school graduation by June 2013.
- For COMPASS, required applicants must be have taken and met the COMPASS minimum math test score for admission and been admitted to Kennesaw State University as a traditional-aged, first-year student.
- For applicants who are NOT required to take the COMPASS exam, they must have been accepted to Kennesaw State University as a traditional-aged, first-year student.
- Applicants must have a score of 490 or below on the SAT and/or a score of 22 or below on the ACT on the mathematics portion of the standardized test(s).
I have been found eligible to participate in the ESBA based on the requirements. Now, what do I need to do?
If the student is found to be eligible to participate in this program, the following are required:
- The student must submit an additional application for the program (located in the back of the brochure) and a one-page statement addressing why you would want to be part of the 2013 ESBA.
- If applicant passed the COMPASS exam or the COMPASS exam was not required to gain admission to the university, the applicant must complete the KSU Math Advisement Placement (MAT) exam. The math placement exam is located by visiting www. http://placement.kennesaw.edu/
How do I apply for the ESBA?
Students may apply for the program by returning the ESBA application and statement of interested that is located in the mailed brochure or you can apply online by visiting www.kennesaw.edu/uc/esba by clicking on the “Am I eligible” icon.
How can I obtain more information about the ESBA?
You can call Ms. Nicoly Y. Myles at (770) 499-3530 or e-mail her at email@example.com to obtain more information. Or if you will like to speak to former students and get a more in-depth background of the programs, the ESBA team will hold information sessions in the spring 2013.
The ESBA will hold information sessions on the following dates: 1) Saturday, March 23 from 9:00-11:00 a.m., 2) Saturday, April 27 from 9:00-11:00 a.m., 3) Thursday, May 9 from 7:00-9:00 p.m. All information sessions will be held in the Student Center Leadership Room. If you are interested in attending one of the information sessions, please register online by visiting www.kennesaw.edu/uc/esba. Please try to RSVP at least one week prior to the session that you would like to attend.
How can I register for the ESBA information session?
Students can register for the ESBA information sessions, by mailing the information session card that was included the mailed brochure or students can RSVP by visiting www.kennesaw.edu/uc/esba. Click on “Am I eligible?” icon then “Information Session” icon on the right side bar. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend with their student.