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TSIA Summer Prep Academy at TAMU-CC

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When it comes to scoring well on the ACT OR SAT, there is no easy path to success. If you fall short of your goals, Texas A&M Corpus Christi has a summer program that can help incoming freshman. And it can help you earn a little money too.

The Texas Success Initiative Assessment Summer Prep Academy is a five-week summer program for first-time students entering Texas A&M University-Corpus in developmental/remedial courses based on their TSI scores.

“TSI is a state legislative initiative for students that did not do well on their ACT or SAT, or even the STARR. So, if those students did not do well or just might not be good test takers - great student, just not a great test taker, then they will be required to take the TSI ,” said Summer Prep Academy Program Manager Deshawna Colvin. 

The Summer Prep Academy also comes with a few perks.

“During the Fall and Spring they are assigned a peer mentor in their major or college. They also have access to our lending library. We lend MacBooks, convertible laptops, and their text books. We also have free printing, and we provide their school supplies: notebooks, pens, index cards, highlighters to reduce that financial stress that a lot of college students or first generation families might have,” said Colvin. 

Once the students complete the weekly TSI preparation sessions and College 101 sessions, the students will be able to take a free retest of the TSI. In addition, students will be awarded a $250 stipend.

“I joined my freshman year because I could not pass my TSI. It actually took me multiple attempts to pass my math. But with the help of the summer prep academy I was able to pass and take statistics class my first semester, and I actually ended up making an “A” in the class with the help of the academy,”said TAMU-CC student Aissa Garza. 

By the end of the program, students will lessen or negate the need to take any developmental /remedial courses during the start of their academic path.

“If it was not for the program, I am sure I would not have made as good of grades that I got. I actually did maintain a 4.0 GPA.  Because of the program, I was able to do that.  All the tutoring helped, and all the encouragement from my mentor was a lot of help during the summer,” said Garza.

The program runs from June 12th to July 13th. Applications to enter the program must be submitted by Friday, June 2nd.

With only 60 spaces available, students are encouraged to apply soon.

To apply, students must already be admitted to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Only three simple things are needed to apply. The student must have their Islander email address and their parent’s email address. In addition, the students must provide their TSI scores for math, writing and reading to demonstrate the need to retest.


  • Students must be admitted to Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi prior to applying.
  • Students must be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Students must provide their TSI scores for math, writing, and reading to demonstrate the need to retest. The following are the scores needed to be considered "College Ready"
    • Mathematics: minimum score of 350
    • Reading: minimum score of 351
    • Writing: a score of 5 on the essay section or a score of 4 on the essay section and a minimum score of 363 on the multiple choice section. 
  • Summer Prep Experience:
  • Students will be awarded a $250 stipend, paid at the end of the summer bridge.
  • Housing, food, and transportation are the responsibility of the student and/or parent, not Project GRAD.
  • TSIA preparation sessions and College 101 sessions weekly.
  • At the conclusion of the five-week academy, Project GRAD will pay for students to complete a TSI retest. 
  • Meet University faculty, staff, and administrators who will be part of the student's support system. 
  • Assigned a peer mentor in respective major or college. 
  • Access to Technology Lending Library and Textbook Lending Library.
  • Exclusive access to our Project GRAD computer lab and free printing. 
  • Participate in cultural enrichment activities to inspire lifelong learning. 
  • During the fall and spring, students meet once a month with the Program Manager for holistic advising and twice with their assigned peer mentor.  
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