August 1 - September 13, 2014
The Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP) is an exciting, innovative summer term opportunity designed for admitted UCSB freshmen to let them get a head start on their courses and make a
successful academic and social transition to UCSB. Special features
- Enrollment in 7-13 units of coursework, which
receive actual UCSB credit. FSSP students have over 70 lower division
courses to choose from, including General Education, pre-major, and
major courses, Freshman Seminars, special FSSP undergraduate research
courses, honors sections, and enrichment classes. There are also
academic and Wellness workshops to help FSSP students transition into
UCSB from high school. Units earned during FSSP count toward the Minimum
Cumulative Progress (MCP) requirement .
- Numerous opportunities to interact in small
groups with faculty members in the classroom and residence hall though
our Faculty Mentorship program, weekly faculty-student lunches and
dinners, faculty-led field trips in the Santa Barbara and Los Angeles
area, and other academic activities.
- Making new friends! FSSP students live in the
same residence hall and form friendships that last through their entire
- Getting to know the campus and its support
services to ensure success during the academic year. These include the
library, tutoring center, job and internship placement, career
counseling, academic advising, Educational Opportunity Program (EOP),
Wellness Program, Student Health, Student Government, and the Recreation
- Enjoying the summer in beautiful Santa Barbara.
There are beach BBQs, hikes in the Santa Barbara mountains, parties,
sailing, concerts, sporting activities, and other residence hall
- Financial aid for eligible students who enroll in
the Freshman Summer Start Program. Out-of-state and international
students pay the same as California residents during FSSP. Program
participants interested in applying for financial aid must complete a
2013-2014 Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). The
2013-2014 FAFSA may be submitted now on the web (www.fafsa.ed.gov).
Applications are accepted until program is full. 2014 application form will be available in early Spring.
For additional information contact the Program Manager.