I am delighted to welcome you to the Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP) web page. Now in our 14th year, we have a wonderful academic and social program this summer for newly admitted freshmen. FSSP students average 9 units, taken from a choice of over 90 courses offered during Summer Session B that fulfill general education and pre-major requirements. We also offer special 1 and 2-unit FSSP courses: Freshman Seminars, Honors Sections, Introduction to Undergraduate Research Courses, and Enrichment Courses. Moreover, there are numerous academic and social activities to help students transition academically into UCSB, make friends, meet faculty, learn about the campus and its many resources, and enjoy the Santa Barbara summer.
As you can read in the rave review section of this website, our students are especially enthusiastic about FSSP and the positive experiences they take away from the program. They made friends and had fun, but they also did well in their classes and experienced college life in a more relaxed and supportive environment. FSSP gave out over $1,200,000 in grants and loans last summer, and out-of-state students and international students pay the same as in-state resident students.
The faculty mentors, advisors and counselors who participate in our Wellness activities, Residence Hall staff, and I all care very deeply about the well-being of our students and are committed to helping them achieve their academic potential and to discovering all that UCSB has to offer. I hope to see you this summer.
Dr. Ralph F. Gallucci
Director, Freshman Summer Start Program
Continuing Lecturer in Classics