What is Spartan StartUp?

Spartan StartUp is a five-week, residential program, limited to a select group of incoming first-time freshmen during the summer term. As part of this program, you will receive individualized academic support and advising, along with the personal attention of faculty in an intensive, yet nurturing environment. You will have an excellent opportunity to strengthen your academic skills, develop a peer support network, and familiarize yourself with the campus and its resources before the academic year begins.

Who can apply?

Spartan StartUp is by invitation only. We are looking for students who are motivated to learn and get a head start on their college requirements, and have filed a 2018-19 and 2019-20 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).

Why should I consider participating?

You will have the opportunity to earn six credits in a five-week period, placing you on track to graduate in four-years. In addition, you will receive individualized academic support, peer mentors, and will experience a variety of out-of-classroom activities designed to familiarize you with campus and campus services. Spartan StartUp will also feature recreational events that will help you get to know your classmates.

If I participate in Spartan StartUp does that mean I continue in the program during my entire year?

Yes, Spartan StartUp is a year-long transition program that begins with a five-week residential component in the summer, and continues throughout the first academic year. You will take selected General Education classes together, and participate in various co-curricular activities as a group.

What are the dates for the Spartan StartUp program?

Spartan StartUp takes place during Summer Session II and runs June 20, 2019 to July 26, 2019.

How much does it cost?

Spartan StartUp is made possible through funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. With these funds, UNCG is able to cover most of the expenses associated with the Spartan StartUp program (housing, dining, textbooks and activities). Participants will only need to pay for tuition and fees. Students who are Pell eligible may benefit from having all cost covered. The cost for tuition and fees for summer 2019  for six academic credits in summer 2018 are $1,212.72.


In order to determine Pell Grant eligibility for the summer of 2018, you must complete the 2018- 2019 FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at https://fafsa.gov/. (While you may have already completed the 2019-2020 FAFSA, the Spartan StartUp Program is part of the 2018-2019 academic year.) Don’t forget that you and a parent must have your FSA ID to sign the FAFSA. If you have not yet created your FSA ID, you can do so at this Federal Student Aid website: https://studentaid.ed.gov/sa/fafsa/filling-out/fsaid. Should you have any questions about completing the FAFSA, you can contact a Financial Aid Counselor at 336-334-5702 for assistance.

I have been admitted to Spartan StartUp and am confused about registering for SOAR, what should I do?

All first year students are required to attend a 2-day New Student Orientation (SOAR). Spartan StartUp participants must register for a 2-day session within these selected dates: June 3-18, 2019.  Register for SOAR here.

What are the courses offered during the summer?

Students will be enrolled in Biology (BIO 105) and English (ENG 101) for a total of six credit hours. Biology and English will both include hybrid components, meaning some of the course material and instruction will be delivered online. This will enable students to learn how to be successful in both the physical and virtual classrooms.

Will I receive college credit for the courses I take during the program?

Yes. Upon successful completion of the program, you will receive six units of academic credit, which will satisfy a portion of your General Education Curriculum requirements. These grades will appear on your official UNCG transcript and be calculated into your GPA.

Are academic accommodations available during the Spartan StartUp program?

Yes. The Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (OARS) is available to students with documented disabilities and limitations as defined under the Americans with Disabilities Act and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973.

What will a typical day look like?

During the week, class and academic support sessions will take place from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Weekend activities will include on campus and off campus recreational activities and trips.

Do I have to stay on campus every night?

Spartan StartUp is designed as a full participation academic and residential program. You will benefit most from the program if you are fully engaged with the experience. There are circumstances where students can be excused from weekend stay but this must be approved prior to the start of the program. Please email us at startup.uncg.edu for any questions.


Do I need my own health insurance?

Yes. It is highly recommended that you have health insurance during Spartan StartUp. You will be living with us for five weeks, and although the chances are high that you will be in good health the entire time, the possibility exists that you may become sick or injured during that time. Spartan StartUp cannot assume financial responsibility incurred by a major sickness or injury. Visit the Student Health Center for more information.

Can I work or have other outside commitments during Spartan StartUp?

Although we hope you are able to devote your entire focus to Spartan StartUp, we understand that you may have work commitments. Because this is a five-week, intensive program, we recommend that if you must work, you limit your working schedule to weekends. You are required to attend the full five-weeks of class and fully participate in the program so time away for vacations or other activities during the week will not be possible.

Can I have visitors during the program and can they spend the night?

Yes, visitors are welcomed, but only during non-scheduled activity times. Visitors may not spend the night.

How do I officially commit to Spartan StartUp?

Once that application has been submitted, the program staff will review it and contact the student via the email (UNCG preferred) provided on the application regarding their admission to the 2019 Spartan StartUp Program. Students will admitted into the program on a rolling basis until all seats are filled. Once students are notified of their acceptance they must confirm their enrollment to the program. This information will be included in the acceptance email. If at any time you have questions about this process, please contact startup@uncg.edu.