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Summer Start

Online and On-campus Bridge Programs for New Bears
Summer 2021

UCA’s Summer Start consists of several summer bridge programs designed to help our new Bears transition from high school to a successful freshman year.  As part of every Summer Start program, you have opportunities to meet other students and faculty, improve your study strategies, and get to know the UCA campus early.  You’ll hear tips on taking better notes, improving your organizational and time-management skills, and learning how to manage stress and all of the challenges of college from our student staff, while also getting to know your peers. Keep reading to find a program that is right for you!


Summer Start Programs for Summer 2021

Summer II Programs 

(July 6-August 6, 2021)

UCA’s Summer II session is a great time to take a class and start your “warm-up” for Fall semester!  Entering first-year students are invited to enroll in summer classes independently, or as part of Summer Start.

Applications are closed for the First-Gen Academy 2021.

Summer Start First-Gen Academy 
  • For First-Generation students, only
    • UCA defines “first-gen” as a studFirstGen Faculty & Staff Storiesent whose guardians or parents did not complete a 4-year college degree
  • As part of this free online program, you will have the opportunity to:
    • Complete a one-credit course that will help you become a better student (ACAD 1103 – Academic Strategies) while getting to know more about UCA
    • Meet other First Gens and learn how to be successful in college
    • Become part of the UCA F1RSTs student organization
    • Continue to meet with your Summer Start peers throughout the Fall semester at events co-sponsored by UCA F1RSTs and the Office of Student Success
  • This program is limited to 20 students.  Applications will be accepted online beginning in late February or March.  Please watch your UCA email and this website for more information.

Summer Start program artworkAugust Intersession Programs 

(August 8-13, 2021)

Several Summer Start programs are offered the week prior to Freshman Move-In Day, during UCA’s “August Intersession” period.  Each program is designed to help you learn more about the UCA campus and yourself as as student.  Programs are non-credit, but do prepare you for a successful Fall semester. Click on each program for more details, including dates, program format, and cost.  

Students may commute for all programs or move in to their Fall assigned residence hall room on Sunday, August 8th between 9am-3pm.

Orientation for Summer Start programs will be held at 3:30pm in Ida Waldran Auditorium (Old Main Hall) for all students.

Applications for all programs are now closed. Deadline to register was July 19th.

Bear Leadership Experience
  • This hybrid program is specifically for students living in a Residential College or commuters who want to be a part of the Minton Commuter College.
  • BLE students will meet both virtually and on campus throughout the program.
  • As part of this program, you will work with others in your RC or CC to start planning for a great year.
  • RC students also get to move in early!
Science Scholars Program
  • Designed specifically for some of our newest biology and chemistry majors, this hybrid (virtual and on-campus) program will introduce you to tips for being a successful CNSM student (College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics) at UCA.
  • Science Scholars have the choice of commuting or moving in to their Fall assigned room early.
  • This free program is “by invitation-only” and seats are limited.  Watch your email for an invitation, or contact the Office of Student Success for more information.
  • For more information, click here!
Math Scholars Program
  • This on-campus program is designed for students who scored a 22 or below on the ACT Math test, and who want to prepare for success in College Algebra.  Don’t love math? Worried about taking college-level math?  This program will help you succeed.
  • Students enrolled in both College Algebra and Foundations of College Algebra for Fall will have the opportunity to test out of the developmental requirement at the end of this program.
  • As part of Math Scholars, you will also learn your way around UCA and have many opportunities to meet other students and faculty.
  • Finally, Math Scholars have the choice of commuting or moving in early to their Fall assigned room!
  • For more information,  click here!
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