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Summer Session for Visiting College Students

36 days to a new way of learning!

Sunday, July 8 - Saturday August 11, 2018 (Last day of class is Friday, August 10)
Cost: $7,750, plus $125 refundable damage deposit (cost includes double occupancy residence hall room, all meals, and most activities)
Optional, 1-credit physical education courses are offered at an additional cost.

Are you a bright and talented college student with a learning disability, ADHD, or ASD? Do you study and work hard—but your grades do not show it? Do you find yourself falling farther and farther behind?

The Summer Session for Visiting College Students features morning and afternoon classes, along with plenty of opportunities for fun activities, sports, recreation, and exploration of Vermont's beautiful countryside. You will immerse yourself in an entirely new living and learning experience, joining a college community unlike any other you have ever experienced:

  • Study with other bright and talented students who also learn differently—students from a variety of colleges and universities around the country, as well as Landmark College's own students, who will share their experiences and learning strategies as fellow classmates in credit courses.
  • Learn from professors who truly understand the challenges and frustrations you encounter in the classroom—and who can help you discover new learning strategies to succeed.
  • Gain an in-depth understanding of your learning differences and personal learning style.
  • Learn to advocate for your needs as a learner.
  • Build your comprehension, writing, and executive function skills so you can return to school next fall with the skills you need to succeed.

2018 Applications will be available in February.
If you would like to receive further information, please provide your contact information.

Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for the Summer Session for Visiting College Students and eligibility is based primarily on financial need. Students must be accepted to the program before receiving an award. Financial aid applications are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis.

What You Gain From a Summer at Landmark College

Our years of experience with students who learn differently have shown that focusing, even for a short time, on how you learn can make a significant difference in your success in school.

We expect you to:

  • Gain an in-depth understanding of your learning differences and personal learning style
  • Advocate for your needs as a learner
  • Build learning strategies in the academic areas most difficult for you
  • Develop study skills that produce results
  • Develop skills in emerging assistive technology to advance your learning abilities
  • Learn to use the support and expertise of kind and caring professors and advisors
  • Identify ways to become more strategic in your approach to college

Faculty Support

In addition to your classes, you'll also participate in:

  • Weekly small-group advising sessions with Landmark College faculty advisors to collaborate on identifying and using resources of time management, organization and work completion
  • One-on-one meetings with your faculty advisor to work on your areas of need
  • Visits to the College's Center for Academic Support, a real hub in the learning process at Landmark. Staffed by College faculty, it offers support in reading, writing, study skills and coursework.
  • Support from our experienced librarians and assistive and educational technology staff

Summer in Putney, Vermont

The Summer Session for Visiting College Students is offered on Landmark College's rural campus in picturesque southern Vermont. The town of Putney is located just nine miles from historic Brattleboro, named one of the "Top 10 Small Art Towns in America." Participants join current Landmark College students who will be taking college courses. Program staff are primarily members of the Landmark College faculty.

Download the 2017 Application Brochure for more information.  The 2018 Application Brochure will be available in February.

Bridge Semester

Landmark College also offers a fall or spring Bridge Semester for visiting students. Spending a semester at Landmark College gives students a boost to their learning strategies, skills, and self-knowledge, acting as a bridge to success when they return to their home college or transfer to another institution.


Contact Landmark College's Office of Admissions
Telephone: 802-387-6718

Track A - Developmental Track 

Students electing Track A will take the required, non-credit Narrowing the Gap class and a writing class (described below). Students also have the option to take a single credit physical education elective.  

Narrowing the Gap - Becoming a More Strategic College Student

Through a structured and supportive seminar taught by experienced Landmark faculty, this course will introduce you to a host of proven strategies and resources for improving your executive functioning, working memory, study skills, and ability to meet commitments, as well as helping you to become your own best self-advocate. The end goal is for each student to have identified specific, individualized strategies that you plan to implement to enhance your success upon return to college in the fall. The instructor of this course will serve as the student's academic advisor for the duration of the summer session.

Students will choose one developmental writing course:
Structure, Style, and Strategies: Demystifying Academic Writing
This course examines in detail the various factors that may have caused students to struggle with college writing, while taking a highly individual approach to the development of self-understanding and effective strategy use. Because most students in the course have had the experience of being diagnosed or labeled with some type of learning difference, the course uses self-understanding of learning differences and your social context as a focus for writing assignments. Students are expected to complete regular writing assignments inside and out of class to improve fluency, to engage in a variety of strategies for planning, generating, and organizing papers, and to complete several papers. 

Establishing an Effective Writing Process: Improving Your Academic Funtioning
In this course, students will learn and practice approaches to managing college writing assignments by generating daily writing and learning how to improve executive function. Included is the examination of various genres of writing. Students can elect to take this course for credit, and are required to submit a completed e-Folio of writing assignments demonstrating proficiency in writing skills. 

Track B - Combined Developmental and Credit Track

Students in Track B will take the required non-credit Narrowing the Gap class and their choice of a single credit elective course from the list below.

REQUIRED COURSE for all visiting college students: 
Narrowing the Gap - Becoming a More Strategic College Student
Through a structured and supportive seminar, taught by experienced Landmark faculty, this course will introduce you to a host of proven strategies and resources for improving your executive functioning, working memory, study skills and ability to meet commitments, as well as helping you to become your own best self-advocate. The end goal is for each student to have identified specific, individualized strategies that you plan to implement to enhance your success upon return to college in the fall.

CREDIT ELECTIVES for 2017:  (2018 Electives to be announced in early 2018)
All colleges don't always accept all transfer credits. Students intending to transfer credits back to their home institution are encouraged to identify the most suitable course with their home institution.

Special Topics Animal and Human Communication and Relationships (M-F, 9 – 11:30 a.m.)  This class is fully enrolled and no longer available.
This course will focus on the new and burgeoning study of internatural communication. Scholars of internatural communication consider the natural world to be a culture in its own right that has been marginalized and given little voice.  We will explore studies and readings about the relationships that people have with animals and nature.  Some of the topics that will be covered include cross-species communication and relationships as well as cultural and economic implications regarding species and the environment. The course will have a strong experiential component with several field trips to visit relevant local organizations.

Film Adaptations of Literature (M-F, 1:30 – 4 p.m.)
This course provides students with an opportunity to refine their ability to read and analyze both literature and film by focusing on the film adaptation. We will read both excerpts of so-called “classics” of the literary canon, as well as a variety of short fiction, and consider different interpretations of these narratives. Throughout the course, students will add to their knowledge of film techniques as well as develop an appreciation for the challenges and rewards experienced by those who tackle the literary adaptation. Credits: 3.000

Religion & Popular Culture (M-F, 1:30 – 4:00 p.m.)
This course examines some of the complex ways in which religion and popular culture interact and explores the possible significance of those interactions. Students will examine the intersection of religion and popular culture by considering a range of popular media (e.g., the internet, movies, television, music) and topics (e.g., current events, advertising, self-help spirituality, and sports and recreation). Students must have completed three courses at the 2000 level, with grades of C or higher, as prerequisites for this course. Credits: 3.000 

Statistics (M-F, 9 – 11:30 a.m.)
This course examines frequency distributions, measures of central tendency and dispersion, and the normal distribution curve. Students explore confidence intervals and sample size. The structure of hypothesis testing is introduced and applied to a variety of situations. Studies in correlation of data and sampling techniques are introduced. The computer applications TinkerPlots and Excel are used to explore the structure of data sets. Skills include use of computer spreadsheets and a calculator. Credits: 3.000

Introduction to Biology: Organisms and Environment (M- F, 1 - 4 p.m.)
This course examines the key concepts of modern biology with an emphasis on the relationships between organisms and their environment. Studies of evolution and genetics are woven in to this theme and provide students with additional perspectives on the biological world. Lab included. Credits: 4.000 

Acting I (M- F, 9 – 11:30 a.m.)
A beginning course focusing on the fundamentals of acting, including action, objective, character, physical life, listening, and language. Students will act in exercises, monologues, and short scenes that will encourage them to explore the actor’s craft. Students will also read plays to begin fostering a knowledge of both scene study and interpretation. Students are expected to rehearse outside of class and to keep an acting journal during the semester. Credits: 3.000 

OPTIONAL Physical Education Courses (2018 options TBA)

(1 credit each, additional fee applies)

All students have the option of enrolling in one physical education course. The course fee per course was $250 each in 2017, and 2018 fees will be announced soon.
All fees are non-refundable, even if the student drops the course. 
PLEASE NOTE:  Not all colleges accept PE credits.  If you intend to transfer the credit, please coordinate this with your college ahead of time.

2017 Physical Education Courses:

Level I Japanese Long Sword (Tuesdays & Thursdays 6:30 - 8 p.m.)
In this one-credit class, students will be introduced to the practice of Japanese Sword (Katana) via concepts and techniques taught in Iaido and Kenjitsu. This class will be taught in a semiformal manner, meaning strong emphasis will be placed on mindfulness and proper etiquette in the tradition of a Japanese style Dojo. In doing so, students will be introduced to Japanese vocabulary and martial history in addition to physical training. Classes will consist largely of training proper body mechanics and solo-forms (kata) which will then transition into two-person drills and techniques. Our training will focus on training for its own sake and as a historical martial art, rather than for competitive sport purposes. There will be no sparring in this class. This class is ideal for students who are seeking a physical activity outside of a competitive and/or team sport.

Gentle Flow Yoga (Mondays & Wednesdays 4:15 - 5:30 p.m.)
This course supports students interested in exploring mind/body integration and offers an appealing option for balancing academic work with a healthy lifestyle. A simple practice geared towards beginners and/or anyone needing a slower paced class. Simple yoga postures, breathing and relaxation techniques as well as self-awareness are covered. This class will focus on slow movements and foundational yoga poses meant to support the body in releasing tension and invoking calm and relaxation. Assessments will be based on a willingness to explore yoga practice through regular attendance and active participation.

Hiking (Mondays 4:30 – 7 p.m.)
Hiking is designed to teach students basic skills to learn how to make hiking enjoyable and safe. Each week there will be hikes on and off campus. Students will learn about hiking equipment, the Hikers Responsibility Code, basic plant identification and simple use of a map and compass.

Basic Daily Schedule, Monday through Friday

9 - 11:30 a.m.  
In Class Session:  Narrowing the Gap OR Writing Course OR Credit Elective

11:30 a.m. - 1:20 p.m.
Free Time (lunch, coursework, office hours, advisor meetings, etc)

1:30 - 4 p.m.  
In Class Session:  Narrowing the Gap OR Writing Course OR Credit Elective

Afternoon & Evening
Optional PE courses meet twice a week for one hour and 15 minutes.  Classes meet at various times, begining at 4:30 p.m., with some courses beginning at 7 p.m. 

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