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Summer Engagement Academy (S.E.A.)

The S.E.A is an eight-week summer program (running June 5 – July 28) at University of Houston-Clear Lake which offers two credit-bearing courses, worth three credit hours each. The courses are College Algebra (MATH 1314) and Composition 1 (WRIT 1301). This program is designed to ensure that incoming students make a successful transition from high school to the university. 

Why You Should Participate in S.E.A.

In S.E.A. you will make friends, meet instructors, participate in peer-group activities, and learn to navigate UH-Clear Lake!

As a student who participates in the program, you will:

  • Receive a scholarship that covers books and all student & class fees.
  • Enjoy small classes with highly engaging instructors and students.
  • Meet with academic coaches and peer mentors who will share tips and strategies to help your transition to the university.
  • Be provided with a room in Hunter Hall, as well as meals throughout the length of the program.
  • Receive dedicated academic support that continues in the academic year.
  • Participate in a variety of free activities and events. 
  • Receive free swag items.

Disclaimer: All participants must complete and sign a Participation Agreement Form.

S.E.A. Courses

The two courses offered by the S.E.A., College Algebra (MATH 1314) and Composition 1 (WRIT 1301), will provide you the opportunity to get ahead. Instructors look forward to getting to know you in their courses to support your strengths and confidence in learning. In these courses, you will learn how to cultivate your personal voice, explore unique ways of thinking, and become confident in yourself as a writer and learner.

All S.E.A. students may earn three credits by registering for two courses. Each class provides multiple opportunities:

  • Engagement with faculty and peers
    • Live lectures, class discussions, and supplemental Instruction (peer-led study groups)
  • Student hours with instructors and/or teaching assistants
  • Getting ahead in your major or college general education requirements

S.E.A. students are expected to take their courses with the letter grade option.

Academic Support

During the summer and academic year, embedded tutors (ET), content tutoring, writing tutoring, peer mentors, and success coaches (academic skills) are available to support students in their coursework.

Peer mentors and ETs are your peers at UHCL. They create fun, active learning sessions that build your social network with your classmates, along with focusing on strengthening your skills as a successful student in your courses.

Embedded Tutoring

Embedded Tutors (ET) are peers who have done very well in the course and will lead academic sessions to help ensure you succeed in the courses. ETs provide a supportive environment for students to understand new or challenging material through the use of innovative learning sessions and study strategies.

Why do students utilize Embedded Tutors and Tutors?

  • 99% of students felt tutoring made a difference in their course grades.
  • 99% of students would recommend a course with an embedded tutor.
  • 76% of students who utilized tutoring had a higher grade than those who did not.

Peer Mentoring

Peer mentoring allows current students to pass on their enthusiasm and advice to their younger peers at the university. It also helps first-year students experience a smoother transition to college life. The peer mentoring program provides support to students throughout their college experience beginning with their transition into their first year in college up until their successful graduation. The goal of the program is to foster academic excellence through peer-to-peer support. Peer mentors support their student mentees by encouraging them to embrace college life and increase their knowledge about resources that will help them succeed.

Why Should Students Utilize a Peer Mentor?

  • Peer mentors help build a collaborative community between student's faculty, staff, and administration. 
  • Peer mentors provides a sense of belonging to students who are taking rigorous courses within the university.
  • Peer mentors empowers students to own their college journey. 
  • Peer mentors will enhance awareness of campus and community resources and services. 
  • 100% of students felt coaching helped build their academic confidence.
  • 100% of students found workshops led by coaches were helpful.
  • 98% of students felt coaching had a positive effect on course grades.

Student Engagement and Success Preparation

Not only will you be able to try out some class, make new friends, but the program will also prepare for success as a new college student. You will find connections to amazing resources on campus.

2023 S.E.A. Program Application

Thank you for taking interest in the 2023 S.E.A. program at University of Houston-Clear Lake, presented by the Student Success Center. If you have questions regarding the program, please contact Dorsey Thomas at 281-283-2450 or

Apply Here!

Supporting Departments


  • Student Success Center

    Phone: 281-283-2450

    SSCB 3102
    2700 Bay Area Blvd, Box 239
    Houston, TX 77058-1002

    Regular Office Hours:
    Mon. - Thurs., 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
    Fri., 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
    Sun., 1 - 6 p.m.

    Tutoring, Success Coaching:
    Mon. - Fri., 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

    Please call ahead during holidays and semester breaks.