Spartan StartUp is an invitation only program for incoming first-year students who are excited about getting a head start on their academic career at UNCG! During this 5-week residential program, participants will earn course credit during Summer Session II, explore the UNCG campus and Greensboro community, build connections with peers and peer mentors, and get a head start on utilizing a variety of campus support services.

UNCG students engaging in learning in classroom setting.



Head Start!

Spartan StartUp participants will be enrolled in Biology 105 and English 101,  two three-credit courses that will count towards their degree. These courses will be taught in a hybrid format with face-to-face and online instruction. Both courses will be taught in a cohort based model, meaning participants will take class with other participants. In order to enhance the academic experience, students will participate in a variety of academic support sessions including small group tutoring, academic skills workshops, and expert led review sessions.


Living and Learning

College Life! 

Spartan StartUp is a residential program and all participants will be required to live on-campus in a pre-selected residence hall throughout the 5-week program. Living on-campus will allow students to build a community with their peers as they become familiar with the campus community and culture. Getting a head start on navigating campus can make the transition to college much easier. In fact, a few students of the Spartan Startup 2018 cohort mentioned that living on campus prior to the academic year was one of the most beneficial aspects of the program! Spartan StartUp 2019 participants will be housed in Phillips-Hawkins Residence Hall. You can find more information about the residence hall and list of suggested items to bring here.

Build a Support Network!

Outside of the classroom, we are committed to familiarizing students with the various resources offered on-campus. Throughout the 5-week program, students will participate in engaging workshops presented by our campus partners. These workshops will focus on students’ academic, personal, and social development to help aid in their transition to UNCG. The opportunity to build a network of support systems on campus before the academic year is an advantage heading into the fall semester!

Connect with a Mentor!

Throughout the summer experience, students will have access to Spartan StartUp Student Success Mentors  who will live on campus with students and serve as Resident Advisors (RAs).  Peer Mentors are students who know what it’s like being a first year student and are excited about helping participates discover and enjoy the journey to college!

Cost and Financial Aid

Your Investment!

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. However, students who are Pell Grant eligible may benefit from having all costs covered! *The costs for tuition and fees for summer 2019 have not been released, however tuition and fees for six academic credits in summer 2018 were $1,212.72.

To be considered for financial aid, make sure you have completed your FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid for 2018-2019 and 2019-2020. For more information about Financial Aid, you can visit UNCG’s Financial Aid Site.


Program CostUNCG CostStudent Cost
Tuition and Fees1,212.72$0.001,212.72
Housing(includes laundry)$703.00$703.00$0.00
Textbooks (estimated)$200.00$200.00$0.00
Total$2,915.72 $1,703.00$1,272.00
($0.00 If students receive full Pell)

*All costs are estimated per student. When costs are finalized this page will be updated.

Key Program Dates

Start Planning!

Please refer to the following dates related to Spartan StartUp 2019.

  • October 2018 Interest Form Available
  • January 2019 Application Available
  • April 1, 2019 Priority Application Deadline
  • May 1, 2019 Deadline to Confirm Program Enrollment
  • June 3-18, 2019 New Student Orientation (SOAR) *Spartan StartUp participants must attend a 2-day session within these scheduled dates* Register for SOAR here.
  • June 20, 2019- Residence Move-in Day
  • June 21, 2019 – First Day of Classes
  • July 25, 2019- Last Day of Classes/Final Exams
  • July 26, 2019- Farewell Event and Move-out Day