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Available to Incoming Freshman in Fall 2023

Join Us for LEAD this Summer!

A Summer Bridge and First-Year Experience Program

LEAD is a FREE year-long program that is focused on increasing first-year undergraduate students’ sense of belonging at UWSP. The program is aimed at providing a supportive community that promotes student success by getting first-year undergraduate students ahead and ready to start their college careers. It focuses on campus resources, transitioning into college, student success skills, social and enrichment activities, and the development of future campus leaders.

Summer Bridge Program Date

August 26-31, 2023

Tentative Schedule:

Cost: FREE!

Application Deadline


  1. Meet UW-Stevens Point’s admission requirements and commit to enrolling in UW-Stevens Point for the upcoming fall 2023 semester
  2. Identify with one or more of the following groups:
    • Member of a historically underrepresented ethnic/racial group
    • LGBTQIAA+ community
    • A first generation college student (neither parent received a bachelor’s degree)
    • Socioeconomic status (financial need)
    • Have been placed in foster care as a youth, out of home care (kinship care, guardianship, group home placement), homelessness, or were an orphan or ward of the court
      * International students do not qualify; for UWSP Main Campus students only

Academic Year Programming

  1. One-Week Transition Program Experience: Participants get to move into their residence hall one week early to help them transition from high school to college.
  2. Peer Mentor: Each student will be matched with an undergraduate peer mentor, who is a sophomore to senior level. They will meet their peer mentor during the one-week transition program prior to fall semester and continue throughout their first-year experience.
  3. Diversity and College Access (DCA) Success Coach: Participants will also be assigned to one of the student services coordinators, who will serve as their DCA Success Coach. The DCA Success Coach will connect these students to on- and off campus resources to support their transition to college, and provide them with additional support for their personal, academic, and professional development.
  4. Monthly Social and Community Engagement: Planned social and engagement activities throughout their first-year experience.
  5. Student Engagement: In addition, DCA also has centers for student engagement activities, which include the Multicultural Resource Center (MRC), Native American Center (NAC), Queer Resource Center (QRC), and the Student Success Center. The centers also offer educational, social, and community engagement programs/events throughout the academic year.
  6. Participant Cost: FREE!

Contact Us

Diversity and College Access
Student Services Center 220
1108 Fremont Street
Stevens Point, WI 54481 | (715) 346-3225

A group of students wearing LEAD T-shirts.
“I just loved the whole experience and felt like I’ve gained so many things from it intellectually and spiritually.”
-2022 LEAD Student