Covid-19 Update

February 1, 2021 Update: In light of the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, some of the summer courses at UNT may be moved online.  While Early Start will offer the traditional residential program this year, we are monitoring the University’s COVID-19 protocol and will update all participants should we have to move to a virtual program. If you are an incoming first-year student, we invite you to begin your academic journey at UNT early by enrolling in the summer 5W2 session that begins on July 6, 2021.  Beyond just taking classes, we would love for you to join us for Early Start, a unique summer bridge experience. Why?  Read on for the benefits of getting ahead with Early Start.

2021 Early Start Summer Bridge Opportunity

Early Start is a 5-week summer residential program that offers newly admitted first-year students an opportunity to earn up to six (6) hours of graded credit before the Fall semester begins. Students who are selected for the Early Start program will enroll alongside their peers in 3-6 hours of coursework during the summer 5W2 session. On top of the academic benefits, here are some other perks of joining Early Start:

  • You can earn up to 6 credit hours to get a head start on your degree.
  • Free room and board during the program
  • Receive FREE textbooks and UNT gear
  • Build a community with other students who are similarly motivated
  • Attend daily gatherings that foster community and allow you to dive deeper into your academic experience at UNT.

Any incoming freshman student already admitted to the University of North Texas is eligible to apply.  First-generation and low-income students are encouraged to apply.

Early Start is held during Summer Session II (July 5 – August 6) and includes classroom instruction, tutoring, academic coaching, mentoring, and various workshops designed to help students transition more smoothly into university life.

AT THIS TIME, APPLICATIONS ARE CLOSED DUE TO A SIGNIFICANT NUMBER OF APPLICATIONS FOR THE LIMITED SPACES AVAILABLE.  SHOULD MORE OPEN UP, WE WILL UPDATE THIS WEBSITE.  

Important Dates to Remember
February 15 Application Available Online; Rolling Admission Begins
April 15 Priority Application Deadline
MAY 1 Final Application Deadline 
MAY/JUNE Early Start students must attend ANY ORIENTATION SESSION BEFORE JUNE 24th
June 30 Summer Financial Aid Deadline
TBD Move-In Date
July 5 Program Kick-Off!
July 6 Summer II Classes Begin
August 6 FINAL EXAMS; Summer Program Ends
August 23 Fall classes begin