Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP)
The Comprehensive Studies Program (CSP) is an academic unit within the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts that offers a variety of academic support services, including the Summer Bridge Program, academic year course instruction, academic advising and peer advising, tutoring, and freshmen interest groups. CSP works closely with a wide variety of academic departments, offices and programs throughout the university, including offices in the various schools and colleges, the Undergraduate Admissions Office, the Office of Financial Aid, and the Division of Student Affairs.
Admission. CSP's services are available to all undergraduate students. Some students are pre-selected by the Undergraduate Admissions Office, while other students may choose to affiliate with the program following matriculation. Any University of Michigan student may request to affiliate with CSP by completing an application. Over 2,500 students currently participate in CSP programs and services.
Academic Advising and Personal Counseling. Each CSP student has an assigned Academic Advisor with whom to meet on a regular basis, starting with Orientation and continuing until the student graduates. Together, student and Advisor will explore the student's interests, talents, needs, academic goals, and career objectives. They then develop an individualized program to promote general intellectual growth as well as expertise in a particular field of study. Advisors also provide advice on a wide range of practical and personal matters.
Intensive Course Sections. CSP Intensive sections are offered jointly with departments and are regularly available in the Fall and Winter terms for major introductory courses including Biology, Chemistry, Economics, English, Mathematics, Physics and Spanish. CSP faculty and staff are dedicated to supporting students who have the determination, dedication, and willingness to work hard toward achieving their academic and career goals. The CSP model emphasizes increased contact between students, instructors, and advisors. CSP intensive course sections are small by design, allowing for more on-to-one interaction between student and instructor. Students enrolled in CSP sections can expect not only more contact with the course instructor, but also more learning opportunities through homework, small group learning sessions, instructor office visits, test-taking practice, and consistent performance feedback from the instructor throughout the term. CSP also provides tutoring opportunities in a variety of subjects for those students who need it, but are not enrolled in CSP courses.
Summer Bridge Program. The Summer Bridge Program is designed to facilitate the transition from high school to college. It is also designed to ensure a high level of participation by the students in the academic life of the university. It is offered during the seven-week Summer Half-Term at the University of Michigan. Program participants reside in University Housing, enroll in credit-bearing courses (with all attendant course obligations), and explore student life at the University of Michigan. Participation in Summer Bridge provides excellent preparation for the fall term. It also provides Summer Bridge students with the opportunity to meet fellow students as well as faculty and advisors. Summer Bridge participants enjoy the camaraderie of a cohesive group while they receive highly individualized academic advice, the benefits of small classes, and the personalized attention of faculty and staff.
Other Services. CSP provides a variety of other services designed to assist students in their development and progress. These services typically include tutoring programs, First-Year Interest Groups for career exploration, Peer Advising, and Mentoring opportunities.
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