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Strong Start Summer Bridge Program

June 18 - August 2, 2024

Strong Start is a summer academic and residential program for admitted University of Utah students. Our goal is to provide you with the opportunity to engage with a diverse group of students, as well as help you acclimate yourself to life at the U.

Scholarships Available

Housing at Kalhert Village

Two Gen-Ed Courses

Exposure to Learning Communities

Program Summary

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 admitted University of Utah 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 participants will also be required to register and attend either of the June New Student Orientation Sessions (June 18 & 19).

FAFSA* sessions will be offered to provide completion assistance for students and parents. *FAFSA completion is strongly recommended.


Anticipated Program Costs

  • Tuition & Fees: $2,742 - $3,009 (6-7 credits)
  • Housing : $1,868 - $1,999 (single, double, or triple rooms)
  • Meals: $843 - $1,058

Additional Costs for Stayover Housing and Meals

Stayover is the 10-day time in-between summer and fall semesters ($40 per day x 10 days = $400)

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 Friday, April 26, 2024.

You must be admitted to the University of Utah to be eligible to participate 

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Here are just some of the many advantages of our program:


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Earn 6-7credits

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        Stay on campus during program

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Start your residency clock early


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Learn how to navigate campus



Students can choose from the upcoming course list:

Description: Students learn to read and write rhetorically, develop and support claims, and produce and evaluate writing in collaboration with peers. Course readings and assignments emphasize writing for diverse purposes and disciplines.

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:


Kahlert Village
Stay on campus
Students will stay in a specified housing option during the second summer term. Optional transition housing* available.






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Living Learning Communities (LLC)
Students will be encouraged to apply to participate in Living Learning Communities (LLC) to continue their experience throughout the academic year.
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12 Months of Housing*
Students will have the option to select preferred opportunities to secure 12 months of housing on-campus.
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Campus Meal Plans
Students will choose from a variety of meal plans while staying on campus.






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Housing & Meal Costs
Students will choose housing and meal plans that work best for them.


Total Projected Costs:

  • Tuition & Fees: $2,742 - $3,009
  • Housing: $1,868 - $1,999*
  • Meals $843 - $1,058


*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.

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Last Updated: 4/30/24