How do I apply for Ignite?
Qualified applicants for the Ignite program will be contacted by UWG admissions to complete the Ignite Program Application. Students who are interested in taking part in Ignite and are eligible for the program should complete this application by May 24, 2017. Once an application is completed, qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview with campus staff in order to be further considered for admission into the program. After each interview has been completed, Ignite staff members will select up to 80 students to be accepted into the Ignite program. Information about the Ignite program, housing, financial aid, and fee payment will be emailed to you as a confirmation of your reservation in the program.
What if I become fully admitted?
Once you have applied and have been confirmed into the Ignite program, full admission does not change your participation in Ignite.
How many students are in the program?
60-80 students will be given the opportunity to participate in this elite program.
What classes are offered?
Students will take 2 classes for a total of 6 credit hours:
Students who are accepted into the Ignite program will take two academic courses, Media and the Arts (XIDS 2100) and American Government (POLS 1101). By taking these courses, students earn six hours of academic credit over the summer that will count toward graduation.
All Ignite students will be required to take UWG 1101, a first-year seminar course, as well as English Composition I in the Fall and English Composition II in the Spring. These courses will be automatically added to the student’s schedule by New Students Programs staff.
Does the program provide students with on-campus housing?
Yes - students who are accepted into the Ignite program will be required to live on campus in Bowdon Residence Hall. Living on campus provides many benefits to students, including the ability to meet and engage with other students and have quicker access to university resources and services.
Once students are accepted into the Ignite program, they will sign a Fall and Summer housing contract.
What about Fall housing?
Once we have receive your signed Ignite contract, you will be able complete a Fall 2017 housing contract at that time.
Can I choose my roommate for Ignite?Roommate matching for the Ignite program will be random; however, when you complete your Fall 2017 Housing Contract you will have the opportunity to select your roommate.
How much does it cost to participate in the Ignite program?
The cost of the 2016 program was about $3426 for in-state students and $6069 for out-of-state participants. This estimated cost included tuition & fees, room and board, meals, and books.
The exact cost for the 2017 program is to be announced (TBA).
Is financial aid available?
In order to be eligible to receive summer financial aid, you must complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. For Fall 2017 financial aid, you must also complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA..
Will I be able to keep my summer job during Ignite?
Academic and social activities are planned during the day and evenings, so working during the program is not possible.
Can I go home on the weekends?
Due to the accelerated timeline of the program, students will be limited in the amount of time they are able to go home on the weekends.
Can I bring my car?
Yes. While not necessary, students may bring their cars. Students who decide to bring a vehicle will need to purchase a parking pass from Parking Services located in Row Hall on the 1st Floor.
I had an IEP/504 in high school. What accommodations can I receive?
If needed, request accommodations with Accessibility Services. If you have used a 504 Plan or an Individualized Educational Plan (IEP) in high school, consider contacting Accessibility Services at 678-839-6428 or firstname.lastname@example.org to get more information and discuss possible accommodations. Please establish your accommodation prior to the first day of classes and identify yourself as an Ignite student when contacting Accessibility Services. Visit www.westga.edu/accessibility for more information.