IGNITE Program

IGNITE is an 8 week summer program designed for first-year students who want to get a jump start on their college education. While in the IGNITE program students will:

  • Enroll in a 2-hour credit course that will count towards part of their Area B requirement of the VSU Core Curriculum
    • PERS 2710 Exploring Success: An exploration of success writings in biographies, research publications, and the self-help literature. Areas of application include business, sports, personal development, and interpersonal relations.
    • Participate in social events presented by CAB (Campus Activities Board) as well as other social activities created specifically for students in the IGNITE program.
    • Participate in leadership activities in their Residence Hall
    • Gain rare insight on how to succeed in their classes through academic seminars and workshops covering:
      • How to Achieve Financial Success
      • Leadership Exploration and Development
      • Critical Thinking
      • Develop and execute a community service project over the span of the term
      • Participate in activities during orientation that will help them feel more comfortable on campus

Tuition, Fees, & How to Apply

    • Tuition: Students will be required to pay regular tuition and fees for summer classes. Students can view the tuition and fee schedules by visiting the VSU Bursary's website by clicking here
            • Tuition and fees will vary depending on how many total hours a student decides to take. Please consider the following things before making a decision:
              • Students must be considered full time in order to be eligible for some (but not all) types of Financial Aid. Full time in the summer is considered 6 credit hours.
              • Please visit the Financial Aid website to see the requirements for the type of financial aid you are hoping to receive. 
              • The only course that is required as a part of the Ignite program is the 2-hour PERS2710 Exploring Success course. Students may register for additional classes during the advising and registration portion of their Orientation session on June 9th. 
          • Housing: Students participating in the IGNITE program will be required to live on campus as part of the living-learning community experience. Housing fees, deadline, and applications can be viewed by visiting the VSU Housing & Residence Life website
            • There is a $325 Housing application fee
            • Estimated cost of a semi-private room in Hopper Hall is $1,075 for the summer II term with the Ignite program. 
            • For further questions related to Housing, please contact Mr. Mark McNalley, Assistant Director of Housing & Residence Life, at mpmcnalley@valdosta.edu
          • Additional fees: There are no additional fees associated with the IGNITE program. Students will be required to pay regular tuition and fees, based on the total number of course hours they choose to take. 
          • Food Estimate:
          • The IGNITE Program meal plan will cost $798 and will include:

      June 9-21 & July 28-31

      A “buffet" style dinner that will be served MONDAY – THURSDAY, during a specified time of the day (to be determined)

      June 22-July 27

      Students will have access to Palms Dining which will be open to service camps and can accommodate these meal planholders for any meal they wish to eat at four per week.  Additionally, the students will each have $250 Dining Dollars to spend at the market or the open retail locations on-campus (to be determined)

Students may add any addition dollar amount throughout the duration of the program to cover the cost of food by accessing their FLEX Account on Banner. IGNITE students will have access to each dining hall as well as the other dining facilities on campus once money has been credited to their card. This process will be explained in detail during Orientation on June 9, 2014. To find more information on the dining halls’ hours of operation or the numerous on-campus dining facilities offered at VSU, please visit VSU’s dining website. 

How to Apply: Students may apply to the IGNITE program by contacting Ryan Hogan, Associate Director of Housing at rmhogan@valdosta.edu or by calling 229-333-5793 and he will assist you in the process. 

IGNITE Program Questions: Please direct all questions regarding the IGNITE program to Ashley Myers Cooper, Coordinator of First Year Programs at aamyers@valdosta.edu or by calling 229-333-7572. 

Important Dates

  • Residence Hall Move In: IGNITE students will move into their residence hall on Sunday, June 8th
  • Orientation: IGNITE students will be required to attend the mandated summer Orientation session on Monday, June 9th
  • Start of Classes: Classes for the Summer II term will begin on Wednesday, June 11th
  • Final Exams: Summer II term will conclude with final exams, scheduled for July 31st