Summer Start


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


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.

UCA’s one-week Summer Start is an early-arrival bridge program designed to help our new Bears transition from high school to a successful freshman year.  As part of Summer Start, you have opportunities to:

  • improve your study strategies
  • learn tips for managing your time as a student
  • hear from students on how to get involved at UCA
  • develop a student budget and learn how to manage your finances
  • participate in mock class discussions and learn about faculty expectations for classroom participation
  • read our great UCA Summer Read book and join a discussion group
    • The 2019 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!
  • meet some of UCA’s best staff, faculty, and student leaders

In addition to all of this, Summer Start students also select a “Focus Area” as part of the program.  These include:

  • math improvement through our Math Academy
    • This focus area is designed for students scoring below a 19 on the Math ACT.  At the end of the week, you will have the opportunity to test out of developmental requirements.
  • writing and reading improvement (open to ALL students)
    • Students scoring below a 19 on the ACT English or ACT Reading should enroll in our Read/Write to Succeed focus area.  At the end of Summer Start, you’ll have the opportunity to test out of developmental requirements.
    • Students scoring 19 or above on the ACT English or ACT Reading should enroll in our Communicate Write focus area.  Whether you love to read and write, or procrastinate on doing both, you will learn how to write more effectively for college assignments, and how to prepare for oral presentations.  Reading, writing, and presenting are vital to your college success!
  • leadership skills through the Bear Leadership Experience
    • This focus area is specifically for students living in a Residential College or who want to be a part of the Minton Commuter College


Planning to major in the sciences, but want some additional preparation in Chemistry?  Check out our Chem4Success program!


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

  • Chem4Success is 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 ACAD 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 2018 FAFSA.