For over 45 years, the New Start Summer Program has been offering new Wildcats the opportunity to get a head start on their college degree while getting to know the UA campus and meeting new people. That's over 13,000 students! By participating in New Start, you will earn 6-7 units of academic credit, get connected with returning Wildcats who not long ago were in your shoes, and meet hundreds of other new students. You'll get connected with faculty, learn about what UA has to offer, get crucial advice from Peer Advisors and Resident Assistants, and academic support from Tutors. By the time you complete New Start, you'll be a half a semester closer to your degree, you will feel like a UA expert ready for your full-time freshmen year, and will have met some of the best friends you'll ever meet while in college.
And while that all sounds great, some numbers might convince you even more. New Start students continue into their sophomore year at a rate 6-10% higher than their peers who did not do New Start. Plus, New Start offers all of this in very affordable ways, providing reduced tuition and fees for Arizona residents and covering all costs for Pell recipients through our Pell Promise.