Freshman Summer Start Program


UC Santa Barbara's Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP) is an innovative six-week experience designed to immerse newly admitted freshmen in a vibrant and supportive learning community. FSSP students take immediate advantage of the academic excellence and numerous resources of UC Santa Barbara, while fostering meaningful connections with peers from around the world. 


Upon admission to the program, students select from more than 70 courses to build an academic schedule that aligns with their educational goals and interests. Additionally, the entire FSSP cohort participates in a two-unit common course that introduces students to various campus resources, esteemed faculty members, and unique opportunities to get involved in undergraduate research.

students walking around campus

The Freshman Summer Start Program is planned to be delivered in-person in summer 2022, if public health guidance continues to allow. 

Beyond academics, FSSP provides students with many opportunities to connect socially, from exploring the hidden gems of Santa Barbara to participating in tutorials, game nights, or watch parties. By getting involved early, students build a social foundation that they can rely on throughout their time at UC Santa Barbara.

View the 2022 FSSP brochure

Program Dates: July 29 - September 10, 2022 (Session B)

How to Apply: Students can access the online application now until June 30, 2022, and will be admitted to the program on a rolling basis. 

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