The Shawnee State University UBMS program is an academic year and six-week summer residential component for high school students. During the summer program, students live in university housing, eat in the cafeteria, attend classes in the morning taught by college professors, and participate in afternoon enrichment activities.

During the evening students attend workshops designed to help with study skills, ACT, career planning and personal development. All students will have the opportunity to attend a weeklong trip during the sixth week of the summer component. In the past these trips have included places such as Orlando, Chicago, Washington DC, Seattle, San Francisco, Yosemite, Mt. St. Helens, and the Grand Canyon.

The UBMS program also includes monthly Saturday workshops during the school year, weekend field trips to colleges, businesses and industries, and various cultural events. There are no costs to students who are selected to participate in the UBMS program. UBMS is federally funded by a grant through the U.S. Department of Education.


Participation in the UBMS program is restricted to current high school freshmen and sophomores who meet federal and program eligibility criteria. Eligible students should be motivated to follow a rigorous academic program for six weeks in the summer and have the maturity, independence, and willingness to live away from home for six weeks in the summer.