Mini-Courses – Summer Exploration Camp

The Mini-Courses Summer Exploration Camp is a two-week academic enrichment program that reinforces middle school students’ reading, writing, math, and science skills. The two week camp includes a reading and writing component one week, and a math and science component the other week. The enrichment program serves students who are rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders and requires students to have a 2.0 core grade point average.

Mini-Courses is currently working with our partners at UWM and the Department of Public Instruction to develop our 2023 summer plans.  Please see below for our tentative plans.

Class Size: 50 Students (first come, first serve basis)

Eligibility: Students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade for the upcoming academic year. Must have a core GPA of 2.0 or above.

Program Fee: $300.00 class fee or DPI Pre-College Scholarship*

*Students must be eligible for free or reduced lunch to apply for the DPI Pre-College Scholarship

Mini-Courses Summer Exploration Camp Dates:

Summer 2023: July 10-21, 2023 from 9:00am – 3:00pm

Math & Science covered Week One July 10 – July 14, 2023
Reading & Writing covered Week Two July 17 – July 21, 2023
* Students will be staying overnight in the UWM Residence Halls on Thursday, July 20th! Camp will conclude on Friday, July 21st at 10:00am.
Registration is currently not available at this time.

We invite you to email staff at to be placed on our mailing list.

Thank you.


Students must have a core GPA of 2.0 to be eligible for this class and must be entering grades 6-8 in the upcoming fall semester.

How to Determine Your Core Grade Point Average (GPA):

Please note that only the core classes are used to determine the student’s core GPA. Those classes include variations of reading, math, English, science, social studies and foreign languages. Do not include classes such as music, art, physical education, computer science, etc. when calculating your core GPA. If you have any questions regarding a core class or need help determining your core GPA for eligibility, please call our program at 414-229-6236.

How to Register

Please complete the Online Application. If registration is closed for the current session, please email or call the Mini-Courses office at 414-229-6236.

Policies and Fees

The cost for the Summer Exploration Camp is $300.00.

DPI Precollege Scholarships are available for students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch. The DPI Precollege Scholarship is included in the Summer Exploration Camp application. Students may receive a maximum of three DPI Precollege Scholarships per year.

DPI Scholarship PDF form is available below.

We accept check or money order made payable to the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee/Mini Courses. Please mail payments to Mini-Courses at the address listed below as we cannot accept payments in person at this time.

UWM Mini Courses
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee, WI 53201



Tricia Maldonado
Pre-College Services Manager

Quinn McLeese
Pre College Services Advising Specialist

Contact Us

Telephone: 414-229-6236
Fax: 414-229-3490

Office Location

Mitchell Hall, Room 177
3203 N Downer Ave.
Milwaukee WI 53211

Mailing Address

Mini Courses
University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee
P.O. Box 413
Milwaukee WI 53201-0413