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. We are excited to offer incoming freshmen the opportunity to use the summer to take advantage of the academic excellence of UC Santa Barbara while acclimating to the university’s social environment. Six weeks prior to the start of the fall quarter, students enroll in 7-13 units and receive course credit toward their general education or pre-major requirements. For questions about the Freshman Summer Start Program please call (805) 893-2377 or email

For FSSP information for international students, please click here.

Program Dates: July 31 - September 12, 2020