Summer Academic Success Academy

SASA Objectives

Get a jump-start on your success!

  • Discover self and career aspirations;
  • Build on essential skills for course completions;
  • Begin the journey to mastering the university's learning outcomes;
  • Navigate the academic resources of the institution.

Welcome to SASA!

Congratulations on choosing Coppin State University as your institution of higher education. Believe it or not, you've already started investing in your future by choosing to attend the Summer Academic Success Academy (SASA) program. This is a holistic five-week summer residential program designed to help incoming new direct-from-high school students make the transition from high school to college while earning college credits. SASA is open to all first-time, full-time new direct from high school students on a first-come, first-served basis. This program will help to enrich incoming students while improving essential skills to college completion. SASA provides first-year students an introduction to the academic, social, and recreational resources of the campus community. By the end of the program, students connect with faculty, staff, and peer mentors who will serve as guides on their journey to life-long learning.

Why enroll in SASA? Consider the benefits

  • Early College Credits: You will earn up to 6 college credits that will go towards graduation.

  • Academic and Social Development: You will gain a deeper understanding of who you are, and how college can help you accomplish your dreams. You will also make some life-long friendships before officially starting the fall semester.

  • Orientation to the Campus: You will have discovered all the nooks and crannies of the campus. In essence, this will be your campus before any other freshman steps foot on campus.

Enrolling in SASA

In order to register for SASA, you must first fill out the online application and pay the program fee of $200 to the bursar office. This program will only accept 50 students. It is on a first-come, first-served basis. The cost for the program is $3230.51 for Maryland residents and $4734.51 for out-of-state students. Coppin State University will provide free tuition and housing for the first 50 students to apply and pay their program fee. Students accepted to the program will be notified by email.

  1. Complete the online application
  2. Pay the program fee of $200 to the Bursar office. Payment may be made:
    • By phone. Call (410) 951-3691
    • By mail or in person

      Coppin State University
      Summer Academic Success Academy
      Attention: Cashier's Office
      2500 West North Avenue
      Baltimore, MD 21216-3698

  3. Send an email to stating that application and payment is complete.

Components of SASA

Academic Transformation

Students will be enrolled in several academic courses to earn up to 6 credits toward graduation at Coppin State University. Students will also be given the opportunity to improve their proficiency in Math and English under the guidance of highly effective instructors.

Intrusive Advising

Students who successfully complete the program will meet with advisors to select fall courses. Throughout the program, students will meet with advisors to gain a thorough understanding of the student check sheet. This will enable a student to know where they are on the graduation trajectory every step of the way.

Academic Resources

During the length of the program, students will be connected to various academic resource centers on campus which include the Math Lab, and the Reading and Writing Lab. Students will also have academic peer leaders who will serve as tutors and peer mentors.


Students will dive deep in discovering their interest, career goals, and motivation for success. Students and instructors will undergo a mutually beneficial journey that will connect life-long learning to accomplishing dreams and aspirations.

What to Bring

Please keep in mind that students must completely move out after SASA. No items will be allowed to remain on campus.

All students should bring at least 5 professional dress attire for Professional Dress Wednesdays and Student Banquet.

  • Money for laundry ($1/per load)
  • Alarm clock
  • Cable cord - At least 12 feet in length (to connect Cable to TV)
  • Cleaning supplies
  • Clothes hangers
  • Desk lamp
  • First aid kit
  • Hair dryer
  • Laundry supplies: laundry bag and laundry detergent
  • Medications
  • Personal toiletries
  • Pillows
  • Power strip (UL approved)
  • Rainwear
  • Refrigerator (3.6 cubic feet, maximum)
  • Sewing kit
  • Shower shoes and bucket
  • Toiletries and soap dish
  • Towels
  • TV/DVD/Stereo
  • UL approved extension cord
  • Wall-safe hooks and tape (for hanging pictures & posters)
  • Wastebasket
  • X-Long twin-size sheets
  • Ladies: appropriate formal wear (blouse, skirt, slacks or dress)
  • Gentlemen: appropriate formal wear (shirt, tie & slacks)

If it seems inappropriate to wear, it probably is. Please dress appropriately to class and all other events.

  • Live pets (except fish)
  • Microwaves
  • Any cooking appliances (hot plates, grills, crock pots, toasters, etc.)
  • Halogen lamps
  • Candles and incense
  • Illegal items and contraband
  • Lighters or matches

Frequently Asked Questions

The start date is July 12, 2020.

The last day of SASA is August 13, 2020.

  • Maryland Resident: $3230.51
  • Out-of-State: $4734.51

The $200 application fee is non-refundable.

Yes. Students who fail to adhere to the Student Code of Conduct or the Rules of the SASA program will be immediately dismissed. During SASA, students are not subject to the Judiciary process.

Yes. The Student Counseling office is available Monday to Friday from 9:00 to 5:00 PM. Students must make an appointment to see a counselor.

Financial aid is not used during SASA.

Yes. Grades in SASA will impact cumulative GPA. SASA is a great way to start earning a high GPA.

All required textbooks will be provided free of charge by Coppin State University during SASA. Students are responsible for purchasing additional supplies such as notebooks, writing instruments, etc.

Successful completion of the SASA program includes (but not limited to) earning a 2.5 or above GPA, completing assigned tasks within the program, and adhering to the code of conduct set by the program.

You will be notified after the application deadline. Usually on the following Monday. If you wish to find out earlier, you may send an inquiry email to

Yes. Living on campus is mandatory during the SASA program. Students must go home on the weekends from Friday evening until Sunday Evening.

Students cannot work Monday to Friday during SASA. If a student chooses to work, they may do so only on the weekends when they are off-campus. Students who fail to have their parent(s) or guardian(s) complete the weekend away form prior to the start of SASA will not be allowed to leave the campus.

The program is not mandatory. This program allows newly admitted students the opportunity to earn college credits that will go toward graduation absolutely free.

  • English 101 and 102
  • MISY 150
  • Speech 105
  • HIST 205

Contact Us

Questions or concerns should be forwarded to or you may call (410) 951-3656.

Interim Director of Retention & Mentoring