What is Summer Program?

All HEOP students are required to participate in an intensive five-week summer program that provides an orientation to life at Daemen and opportunities for personal growth. Students will receive a rigorous educational experience designed to prepare them for the expectations of college life. While the academic focus is on improving basic skill functions in math, study skills, reading and writing, you will explore themes of self-improvement through a variety of workshops throughout the summer. While residing in the residence halls, students will experience and work through various personal and social demands encountered while in college. Lastly, social outings will provide balance and relief from this intense, academically focused program, offering the students with a complete college experience. 

The Summer Program is no cost to the student. Books and school supplies are provided as are meals and housing. Students are encouraged to bring spending money for snacks or small personal purchases. Otherwise, everything is covered except transportation to and from home and campus. Students are responsible for scheduling and paying for their travel to and from Daemen for Summer Program.

Pre-freshmen students should plan their summer calendar around the summer program dates. During the summer program, students reside on campus and participate in all activities as a community. Family vacations and medical appointments should be scheduled either before or after the summer program dates. The HEOP staff is sensitive and considerate of any learning, health or religious accommodations needed by students while participating in the Summer Program.

The Summer Program typically begins after the 4th of July and runs through early August.

Students posing at Niagara Falls, NY

Students posing at Niagara Falls, NY after riding the Maid of the Mist

Community Service at the WNY Independent Living Disability Pride Parade

Esme and Kim enjoying the Bisons baseball game in downtown Buffalo.

MMMMM, s'mores!

Summer Program 2015 comes to an end with a big hug
Students photo at Templeton Landing after banquet
Student participates as actor in improv club
Students assisting each other in trust activities
First day of summer program in Canavan Hall
Students at Niagara Rock Climbing
Students relaxing outside on the Wick North Lawn