USF offers summer courses for high school students

High school students can experience college life this summer by taking specially designed University of St. Francis (USF) courses at a discounted tuition rate.

These courses will give high school students a jump start on their college careers by earning college credit and give them a taste of college academics, said Chuck Beutel, vice president for Enrollment.

The classes will meet on campus and include online assignments and discussion. High-performing juniors and seniors will be given the opportunity to experience online and on-campus learning, while earning college credit, Beutel added.

Three courses are offered:

  • Digital Audio Recording Arts & Entrepreneurship will be offered from June 16-20 and June 23-24 as both a non-credit and for-credit course. Students will study the architecture of music production using audio loops, MIDI composition and traditional audio capturing. The first week concludes with the completion of a recording project. Week two opens the door to opportunities beyond digital recording, with an overview of the basic principles of starting a small company. Students will develop a business plan to present and local business owners will share their personal stories of success.
  • International Business and Logistics will run from June 9-19 and provide an engaging program designed for students with an interest in business and the management of resources on an international scale. Week one will focus on international business transactions and the impact of culture, politics and public policy from a practitioner point of view. Week two will expand students’ knowledge in computer science and explore the transportation of products from China to Europe to the United States and back. The seminar includes guest presentations from the university’s international students and will culminate with a field trip to the largest inland port in the country, the Centerpoint Intermodal Complex.
  • Introduction to Animation and Game Programming in Java will run from June 30-July 2 and July 7-11. Students will develop animation games employing the Greenfoot interactive Java environment. No experience in any computer programming is required. Students will work on various animation and game projects and enhance their math skills by developing models and computing components needed in their projects.


To participate in USF’s High School Institute classes, students must be a high school junior, senior or graduating senior. They must have a 2.5 or higher GPA.

Preregistration is required. For information or to register, visit or call Solutions Resource Center at (815) 740-3600.

The University of St. Francis, at 500 Wilcox St. in Joliet, serves 3,400 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in arts and science, business, education, nursing, health care and social work. For information, call (800) 735-7500 or visit

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