Here at the U, we believe a “Strong Start” leads to a strong finish. Our summer academic and residential program will provide an engaging and transformative experience to a diverse group of first-year students. Our goal is to not only help you acclimate yourself to life at the U, but thrive in your college experience, setting you up for a bright academic career.
Students will enroll in 1 math or writing course, and Intro to Design Thinking (DES 2615); general education course, fulfilling general education requirements, all while building meaningful academic and social relationships that will last a lifetime at one of the top research universities in the country.
Strong Start takes place during the second summer session from June 17 – August 2.
Strong Start participants will also be required to register and attend either of the June New Student Orientation Sessions (TBD).
FAFSA* sessions will be offered to provide completion assistance for students and parents. *FAFSA completion is strongly recommended.
- Tuition & Fees
- Housing (single, double, or triple rooms)
To be eligible for financial aid for Strong Start, complete the 2023-2024 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form. This is a different FAFSA than the one you might have completed for enrollment beginning Fall 2024. If you need more information on completing the form, view the How to Fill Out the FAFSA Form video. Or, if you’re ready to complete the form now, you can go here. Be sure to choose the 2023-2024 FAFSA to complete and submit; it is important to complete this as soon as possible. If you need any additional assistance, contact the U’s Office of Scholarships & Financial Aid with questions.
Applications open January 15, 2024!
Deadline to submit Strong Start application Monday, April 1, 2024.
Here are just some of the many advantages of our program:
Earn 6-7 general education credits
Stay on campus during program
Start your residency clock early
Get involved before fall semester with a built-in community of your peers
Learn how to navigate campus
Students can choose from the upcoming course list:
Description:In this course we analyze quantitative information about change and growth through specific case studies. The mathematics covered includes topics from financial mathematics, linear and exponential growth, geometric measurements and scaling.
Description: Functions, inverses and graphs; polynomial, rational, radical, exponential and logarithmic functions; systems of equations and matrices; applications; arithmetic and geometric sequences and series.
Housing and Meals
Opportunities and information for students that participate in the Strong Start program:
Stay on campus
Total Projected Costs:
- Tuition & Fees: $2,942 - $3,210
- Housing: $3,400 - $3,842*
- Meals $848 - $1032
*Transition Housing: 10-day housing between the end of Strong Start and move-in for the academic year ($40 per day = $400).
*Does not include the cost of Dining Dollars to cover meals during Transition Housing. Click here to find out more about purchasing Dining Dollars.
Contact us directly for more information.