Frequently Asked Questions

For your convenience, listed below are a list of frequently asked questions about the Early Start program. Click on each question to see its answers.

What is Early Start?

Early Start is a 5-week summer residential program that offers newly admitted freshman STEM students the opportunity to earn up to six (6) hours of graded credit.  
Any freshman student admitted to the University of North Texas who plans to declare a major in science, technology, engineering or mathematics is eligible to apply.  The program is especially designed to assist students who are first-generation, low-income, and/or those with an entry-level math placement.  

Also, students may choose to participate in either a “Living/Learning” residential program or a “Learning Community” program during their first academic year.
Both options allow students guaranteed registration in at least one course offered at preferred times during the fall semester.

How do students fulfill the Math Placement requirements?

Students invited to apply for the Early Start program have a Level One, or Entry Level math placement.  The only entry level math course offered through Early Start is MATH 1100.  If you accept this placement, you are automatically eligible to apply. 

Please note you will have an opportunity to earn a higher math placement, though students moving beyond level one may no longer be eligible for Early Start. If you place out of Level One, you will not be able to take MATH 1100 during the summer session. If this is the case, you would have to take BIOL 1710. While this is very common, not all degrees require BIOL 1710. Check your degree plan in the UNT Catalog if you are uncertain about your degree requirements.

For more information about math placement, visit the MATH PLACEMENT section of this webpage.  

What are the deadlines for submitting applications?

Priority deadline: Friday, March 15.
Final deadline: Wednesday, May 15.
Please note that enrollment in Early Start is on a first come, first served basis, so you are advised to submit your application as early as possible. Applications received by the first deadline of March 15th will be given preference.

When is Early Start?

Early Start is held during summer session two (5-week 2) at the University of North Texas. Students will move in on Sunday, July 7th by 3:00 p.m. and move out on Friday, August 10th by 7:00 p.m.
Outside of class, there are several required events for students. If you will miss more than 2 days due to outside commitments, we recommend speaking with us before submitting an application, as this could have a significant impact on your ability to participate.

Where will students be housed?

Students are required to live on-campus at the University of North Texas in Denton.  It is recommended that students bring their own towels, wash cloths, bath robe, shower shoes, toiletries, linen (twin sheets, bedspread/comforter) pillow case and pillows for maximum comfort. We offer free, unlimited use of the hall's laundry room facilities, so students should bring a laundry basket, detergent, hangers, and iron/iron board. There are ice machines as well as vending machines in each hall. Vending machines operate on credit / debit cards or cash. The front desk cannot make change! All halls are air conditioned.

Students live on campus to form connections with other students and faculty.  Early Start also has afternoon workshops and mandatory study sessions that last from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. Sunday - Thursday, so it is best for students to live on campus to make full use of the resources at the University of North Texas.

We ask all Early Start students to stay on campus during the weekends. Much of the academic work and community building at UNT is done over the weekend. The weekend time can be used to catch up on readings or homework or to get to know other students in the program. We have found that students do very little work when they go home for the weekends. For this reason, we require all Early Start students to remain on campus for each weekend of the program. Exceptions to this policy are made by the program’s director on a case-by-case basis.

Where will students eat?

Meals will be served in dining facilities within walking distance to the residence hall and classrooms.

How much does Early Start cost?

Free room/board and textbooks!

There is significant benefit in beginning your academic journey a summer session earlier, though there is also an added cost in doing so.  The Early Start program is designed to ease some of the financial burden on students motivated to get a head start.  Through institutional grants, the Early Start program will cover the housing and dining costs associated with participating in the 5-week summer program.  Also, textbook costs will be covered through this grant for the 2 Early Start courses.  

Students cover the cost of class. 

In addition to any personal expenses, students are responsible for the cost of tuition and fees for their coursework.  For planning purposes, Student Accounting provides a Tuition Plan Calculator to see the estimated costs for fall/spring terms at here at UNT.   Below we are providing estimated costs for the two courses that students will participate in as part of Early Start to assist you with budgeting needs.

Estimated Tuition/Fee Costs – 6 credit hours             $2,700*

*Please be aware that students opting in to other tuition plans may have different tuition/fee costs.  You can read more about tuition and plan options here.

Is financial aid available?

Financial aid is available to students enrolled at least half-time (2 courses) in a degree-seeking program.  Be sure to review all the information available through our Student Financial Aid & Scholarships office.  Please note that “financial aid” includes more than just grant money.  This term also includes scholarships and loans.  After completing the UNT Admission Application, we strongly encourage all applicants to the Early Start program to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) so you are aware of the resources available to assist with students educational expenses.  Many students may have already submitted the 2019-2020 FAFSA in preparation for the Fall 2019 semester.  Note however, that for the summer 2019 semester, you’ll need to also complete the 2018-2019 FAFSA and UNT Summer 2019 Financial Aid application

As a reminder:
EagleConnect is the official UNT email system for students.  To ensure you are receiving emails from campus departments, please monitor your EagleConnect account and ensure you use it for all UNT related communication.

How will students register for classes?

The Early Start staff will automatically enroll students in their summer coursework based on math placement and choice of major.  Students will be notified of which courses they are eligible for and will have an opportunity to approve coursework before having it added to their schedules.  

What do students need to know about New Student Orientation?

All incoming students are required to participate in New Student Orientation session 3, which takes place from June 17-19, 2019.  This will provide an opportunity to become familiar with campus before participating in Early Start.  For more information, please visit the New Student Orientation website.  If you are already registered for another session at the time you are admitted to Early Start, we will work with the Orientation Office to move your registration to the 3rd session.  

If parents would like to attend, a separate registration will be required.   For parents who want to attend New Student Orientation, more information may be found here.

You may request to have the fee for Orientation deferred by completing the Orientation Fee Deferment Request Form that was included in your offer email.