Summer Start

Summer Bridge Programs for New Bears
Summer 2022

UCA’s Summer Start consists of 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 2022

Summer Start program artworkAugust Intersession Programs 

(August 14-19, 2022)

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 the program for more details, including dates, program format, and cost.  

Bear Leadership Experience (click for more information) – Program will be held IN-PERSON


  • This 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 may meet both virtually and on campus throughout the program.
  • As part of this program, you will work with others in your Res College or Commuter College to start planning for a great year.
  • Res College students also get to move in early!
  • BLE will begin with an on campus orientation on Sunday, August 14th, with sessions running on campus Mon-Fri!

Deadline to apply and submit registration fee is July 19th or when program is full.

Science Scholars (click for more information)  – Program will be held ONLINE (Aug 15-18) with a follow-up session on-campus during Welcome Week 
  • This program is designed for entering biology and chemistry majors who want a “head start” on being successful in their major.  The first year of a science major can be a challenge, but our faculty will provide ideas and strategies to help you get started right.
  • Science Scholars is offered by invitation to students who have declared a biology or chemistry major, and whom the faculty believe would benefit from an early start in the major.
  • The 2022 Science Scholars program will be held online August 15-18, with a final session held on campus during Welcome Week.


Start Early, Start Right!