Summer Start


New to UCA? Give us five days (or three weeks), and together we can help you become an even better student!


Summer Start 2018 Students!

  • Summer Start begins with an orientation for students and families on Sunday, August 12th, 3pm in Ida Waldran Auditorium, Old Main Hall. 
  • Students living on campus may move in to their assigned fall residence hall rooms on Sunday from NOON-8pm (note the time change!!).
  • First Day program check-in for all students is on Monday, August 13th.  (See individual schedules for locations.)


students by bearBeing a successful college student requires different skills than you needed in high school.  UCA’s Summer Start programs will help you learn what you need to succeed before you even begin your first semester.  Commit yourself to just five days of intensive skills and content development, and your grades will thank you.  YOU will thank you!  Want to do even more? Then check out our three-week programs.

Our five-day Summer Start programs are available in the following focus areas —  Biology and Chemistry Majors boot camp; Leadership Development; Math Skills; and Writing, Presentation, and Study Skills

In addition to improving your math, writing, reading, science, or leadership skills, each one-week program also includes:

  • workshops on improving your study habits
  • tips on managing your time as a student
  • information on getting involved at UCA
  • suggestions for living on a student budget and managing your finances
  • UCA’s Summer Read book discussion groups
    • This year’s book is The Stranger in the Woods … a fascinating read about a man who went to live in the woods – alone – for more than twenty years!  Be sure to get your book during SOAR or Summer Registration!
  • a meet-n-greet picnic with Housing staff and faculty

We also offer a three-week summer review program in Chemistry that results in credit hours toward your degree and better preparation for the Fall semester.

Summer Start programs are optional, but students who participate in Summer Start begin their first year at UCA with greater confidence and improved academic skills. You even have the choice of living on campus or commuting for all programs.

An Overview of UCA’s 2018 Summer Start Programs
One-week, non-credit programs (August 13-17) – Registration opens April 1, 2018.

Students living on campus for these programs may move into their assigned Fall room on August 12th!

Three-week, for credit programs (July 23-Aug 10)
  • Registration deadline: June 30th 
    •  Chem4Success  (for science and health science majors who want to improve their chemistry background before enrolling in College Chemistry) 
    • Chem4Success students enroll in CHEM 1301 and ACAIMG_3736D 1300 (Journeys to Success).  It’s intense, but in three weeks you will have earned six hours of college credit, and you’ll be ready for your first year!
    • Students in this program may qualify for financial aid with submission of the 2017 FAFSA.