Center for Academic Success and Achievement
Frequently Asked Questions
What is CASA Academy?
The CASA Academy is a five-week summer alternative admissions program. CASA Academy students are required to attend the five-week program as a condition of their admission to the University. Students must successfully complete the program in order to gain admission to the University. Successful completion means that the student has earned a minimum grade of "C" or 70% in all of their CASA Academy courses. CASA Academy courses include English, Mathematics, and Analytical and Critical Reading (ALCR). Students will also be introduced to a strengths-based orientation seminar designed to help build students' awareness of their natural talents.
CASA Academy is an academically intense and rigorous residential program. The 2023 program dates are Saturday, June 24, and end on Friday, July 28. Participants' primary purpose and goal in participating in CASA Academy are to improve their skill development in the identified core areas in order to gain admission to the University.
Why was I referred to CASA Academy?
The Office of Undergraduate Admissions refers students to CASA Academy based on their high school GPA and/or test scores. Once referred to the program, you must participate and pass CASA Academy in order to be admitted to Morgan State University. For more information about admissions, visit, www.morgan.edu/admissions
Is there a limit on the number of students CASA Academy accepts?
We accept 300 participants on a first-come-first, serve basis. Students must submit/complete ALL items on the checklist in order to reserve their space in the 2023 CASA Academy program.
How do I register for CASA Academy Program?
CASA ACADEMY REGISTRATION CHECKLIST: The CASA Academy Registration Checklist provides all steps that must be completed in order to participate in the 2023 CASA Academy.
CASA Academy Registration Checklist
Complete the CASA Academy Participation Agreement (More information to come regarding the link)
Submit an $800 non-refundable payment for meals (3 meals per day for 6 weeks)
Email the completed Health Entrance Certificate to email@example.com (deadline - June 1st, 2023)
Complete and Email Meningococcal Vaccine Waiver (if applicable) to firstname.lastname@example.org
Submit Weekend Off-Campus Permission Form (if applicable)
How much does the CASA Academy Program cost?
The cost to participate in CASA Academy 2023 is $800. This fee is non-refundable and covers the cost of any three (3) meals per day for the 5-weeks of CASA Academy. The $800 fee. During CASA Academy, students DO NOT pay for tuition, housing, or books. To find out how to pay, visit www.morgan.edu/casaapply.
Is participation in the CASA Academy Program mandatory?
Yes. Once the Office of Undergraduate Admission refers a student, the student must participate in CASA Academy in order to be admitted to the University. The student must complete CASA Academy with a "C" or 70% in all of their CASA Academy courses.
When will I get my financial aid package?
Financial aid packages should start to release around June. The first step is filling out your FAFSA. To find out more information, please visit www.morgan.edu/financialaid
When do I apply for housing?
The housing application for Fall 2023 will open in April. CASA will email all confirmed students once the application portal is open. It is imperative to apply for housing when the application is open. Do not wait until after CASA academy. There is a $200 housing application fee. To find out more information, visit www.morgan.edu/reslife
Can I select my roommate for the CASA Academy Program?
No, students will be randomly assigned roommates of the same gender. Students will receive their residence hall assignments on the day of move-in, Saturday, June 24, 2023.
What does a typical day for CASA Academy students look like?
Students are in class from 8:30 am- 4:05 pm, with lunch from 11:35-1 pm. Mandatory tutoring is after each class period. Throughout the summer, there will be evening activities for students to participate in.
Do students have a curfew, and can I bring my car?
Students are required to abide by their 11 pm curfew and may not leave campus during the week. Students may leave on the weekend if a parent /guardian signs the weekend off form. CASA academy students may not bring vehicles to campus. Exceptions to this policy must be requested of the Director in advance and be made in writing. Exceptions will be granted in only the most exceptional of circumstances.
Do you have to get the COVID vaccine?
All students must be vaccinated and submit their health forms before June 1. Students must send proof of vaccination and completed health forms to email@example.com. Booster shots are strongly encouraged, but full vaccination is required for participation. For information on COVID-19 vaccination and to download the health forms, visit our website at www.morgan.edu/casaapply.
Students can request a medical exemption by filling out the Medical Exemption Request Form (https://www.morgan.edu/Documents/covid/MSU-COVIDMedicalExemption.pdf). A student can be denied a Medical Exemption Request. Submit your completed COVID-19 Vaccine Medical Exemption Request Form to the Morgan State University Student Health Center at firstname.lastname@example.org as an attachment or a photo. For information on how Morgan is handling the COVID-19 pandemic, visit our website at www.morgan.edu/coronavirus.
Do I have to live on campus during the CASA Academy Program?
Yes, students must live on campus during the CASA Academy Program. The University provides on-campus housing during the 5 weeks. The fee of $800 is for 3 meals per day. Students are allowed to leave campus on the weekend if a parent/guardian submits the Weekend Off-Campus Permission Form. This form will also be available during check-in on June 24.
When do I report to the CASA Academy Program?
CASA Academy begins with check-in. Students must check in to assigned residence halls between 8:00 am and 12:00 pm to ensure being on time for the Opening Ceremony. The opening ceremony is on Saturday, June 24. The program ends on Friday, July 28 at 10:00 am with the closing ceremony. Once the student has successfully completed CASA Academy 2023, they must participate in ACCESS Orientation for freshman students from Sunday, July 30th-August 2nd.
What should I bring to the CASA Academy Program?
Students should bring regular-size twin sheets, pillow covers, pillow, bedspread, blanket or comforter, toiletries, washcloths, and towels; also, microwave, mini-fridge, computer and notebook, paper, pens, and personal clothing (including a "professional attire" outfit for the Closing Ceremony & MSU Connections). Computer labs will be available for students. A list of what to bring and what not to bring can be found here: What to Bring-What Not to Bring.
How do I access my Morgan email?
It takes approximately seven days for IT to activate your Morgan email from the date of your confirmation email. Your Morgan email can be found in your initial admission email or letter. Your temporary password information can be found here: https://www.morgan.edu/technologyfaq. The first letter of your first name is capitalized + the first letter of your last name in lowercase + your 8-digit student ID number + two exclamation marks.
Example: Name - John Doe ID Number - 12345678 Initial Password = Jd12345678!!
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