What is an academic boot camp?
In the military, boot camp molds you into the service member you will become by instilling new attitudes, knowledge, and behaviors that contribute to your success.
The same is true for our academic boot camps–they mold you into a better college student. Academic boot camps are intense, one- to two-week experiences where you will:
- Discuss the difficulties of life as a student veteran and the emotions that come with it
- Explore and debate current and relevant societal topics
- Interact with other successful student veterans
- Receive tutoring from campus faculty and staff
- Learn best practices for studying
- Learn how to maximize and manage your time
- Live in the dorms on campus
- Attend lectures taught by top university faculty
- Eat in campus dining facilities
Watch the video to learn more about the academic boot camp experience.
On the first day, my confidence was lower than low, and I struggled to think how I would succeed in college if I couldn’t even get past the first day. On the last day of the course, I felt invincible. I knew college would be an accomplishable dream with a little hard work and dedication.
In the beginning, I was overwhelmed, but WSP took that and turned it into a learning and growth experience.
To be completely honest, I didn’t feel confident that I would successfully complete the course after the first day. While it was advertised as a “boot camp” on the website, I did not expect the curriculum to be as intense as it was. However, I felt incredibly confident on the final day of class, and I was amazed at how much material we covered in two weeks.
During humanities week, I appreciated the feedback provided when we had to write an essay about American Democracy. I also enjoyed STEM week because I learned how to approach problem sets differently. Overall, the humanities and STEM courses enhanced my leadership and critical thinking skills. This experience proved that I can do anything I set my mind to.
After arriving and being in the Yale atmosphere, I felt intimidated and unsure. However, the fellows and participants made me feel comfortable, and I was able to adapt quickly and let go of the imposter syndrome. My confidence level on the last day was very high.
I knew I could handle the courses, but lacked the confidence to speak up, communicate my ideas, and express my opinion. However, my confidence level went up significantly by the final day. A big part of this was because the WSP fellows from both weeks took the time to answer my questions, connect me with mentors, and encourage me not to hold myself back.
I did not think it would be a challenge at all, but I was surprised to learn how impactful the course would be. I wouldn’t say I felt more confident but rather more intelligent. I felt more strategic with my academics because I was shown things I did not think could help me in class.
My confidence level on the final day emanated from the belonging that we had among each other in the cohort. We found clarity in what was misunderstood and validation of what we felt we were unworthy of. An experience such as this instills confidence in any individual.
Who is eligible?
If you are an enlisted service member or veteran without a bachelor’s degree, you are eligible!
In some cases, we accept enlisted service members or veterans with a bachelor’s degree. If this describes your situation, contact email@example.com and your candidacy will be assessed on a case-by-case basis.
What should I expect from an academic boot camp?
Our boot camps are designed to challenge you. The days are long, the content is complex, and the overall experience can be intense, but the outcome of your actions during the week are rewarding. We start early in the morning, and sessions continue until late in the evening. You will read challenging texts, have difficult discussions, and work on a large project.
But you are not doing any of this alone. Our instructors, campus faculty, peer mentors, and WSP staff are here to guide you through all of it. 2,000 other student veterans have done this successfully, and so can you.
We want you to leave this boot camp feeling like you can tackle the challenges and rigor of a college degree.
2023 Boot Camps
California Institute of Technology: STEM Academic Boot Camp
Wesleyan University: STEM Academic Boot Camp
Brown University: Humanities Academic Boot Camp
University of Chicago: Humanities and STEM Academic Boot Camp
Columbia University: Humanities Academic Boot Camp
Massachusetts Institute of Technology: STEM Academic Boot Camp
Syracuse University: Humanities and Business Academic Boot Camp
Harvard University: Humanities Academic Boot Camp
University of California, Irvine: Humanities Academic Boot Camp
University of Notre Dame: Humanities and STEM or Business Academic Boot Camps
Cornell University: Humanities and STEM Academic Boot Camp
Amherst College: Humanities Academic Boot Camp
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign: Humanities and STEM Academic Boot Camp
Princeton University: Humanities and STEM Academic Boot Camp
University of Arizona: Humanities and STEM Academic Boot Camp
Williams College: Humanities Academic Boot Camp
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill: Humanities Academic Boot Camp
Georgetown University: Humanities Academic Boot Camp
Yale University: Humanities and STEM or Business Academic Boot Camps
2023 Academic Boot Camp Schedule
IMPORTANT: Participants will arrive one day prior and leave one day after the stated course dates.
*Dates subject to change. Seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, and courses fill up fast.
|College Partner||Boot Camp Type||Start Date||End Date|
|Yale University||Humanities and STEM (women-only cohort)||6/04/23||6/16/23|
|Yale University||Humanities and Business and Entrepreneurship||6/04/23||6/16/23|
|University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill||Humanities||6/11/23||6/16/23|
|University of Notre Dame||Humanities and STEM||6/18/23||6/30/23|
|University of Notre Dame||Humanities and Business and Entrepreneurship (women-only cohort)||6/18/23||6/30/23|
|University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign||Humanities and STEM||6/18/23||6/30/23|
|California Institute of Technology (Caltech)||STEM||6/25/23||6/30/23|
|Princeton University||Humanities and STEM||7/16/23||7/28/23|
|Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)||STEM||7/23/23||7/28/23|
|University of Arizona||Humanities and STEM||7/16/23||7/28/23|
|Syracuse University||Humanities and Business and Entrepreneurship||7/16/23||7/28/23|
|University of Chicago||Humanities and STEM||7/30/23||8/11/23|
|Cornell University||Humanities and STEM||7/23/23||8/4/23|
|University of California, Irvine||Humanities||8/6/23||8/11/23|
|The College of William & Mary||Humanities||7/16/23||7/21/23|
We partner with top colleges and universities to provide our unique programming.
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