Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP)

UC Santa Barbara’s Freshman Summer Start Program (FSSP) is an innovative six-week experience designed for admitted freshmen to get a head start on coursework in a supportive atmosphere conducive to a successful transition from high school to college. The 2020 program will be delivered virtually. We are excited to offer incoming freshmen the opportunity to take advantage of the academic excellence and numerous resources of UC Santa Barbara, while fostering meaningful social connections with peers. With more than 70 courses to choose from, students enroll in 7–13 units and receive credit toward their general education or pre-major requirements. If you have questions about the Freshman Summer Start Program, please email

For FSSP information for international students, please click here.

Program Dates: July 31 – September 12, 2020

Click here to view the Freshman Start Summer Program brochure. 

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Tuesday, March 17, 2020 to Tuesday, June 30, 2020