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 bridge program that offers newly admitted freshman STEM students the opportunity to earn up to six (6) hours of graded credit while meeting other similarly motivated students and learning about what resources are offered.  Traditionally, the program is offered in a residential setting with Early Start covering the cost of room and board.  However, considering the circumstances surrounding COVID-19, we are launching a virtual version of the program that includes an opportunity to earn a $500 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year!

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.  

NOTE:  For TAMS students looking for the TAMS Early Start program, please contact send an email to: russ.stukel@unt.edu

What is an entry level math placement?

As reported on the Math Department's website, "upon admission, incoming UNT freshmen are initially given a mathematics placement level based on a combination of their high school class rank and SAT or ACT math scores...Initial mathematics placements expire after one year. It is therefore very important that all freshmen who have not completed their mathematics requirement take a mathematics course within their first two semesters at UNT."  These placement categories or levels determine in which course you are approved to enroll.  Higher placement levels allow students to enroll in more advanced coursework.  

Entry-level/Level 1 students are approved to enroll in MATH 1100, which is the only math course offered during Early Start.  

Please note you will have an opportunity to earn a higher math placement before and during orientation. 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 and talk with an academic advisor if you are uncertain about your degree requirements.

For more information about math placement, visit https://math.unt.edu/academics/mathematics-placement/initial-mathematics-placement-incoming-freshmen

What are the deadlines for submitting applications?

In light of the COVID-19 circumstances, the final deadline for the new virtual program is June 1, 2020.

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 20 will be given preference and rolling admissions will begin the week of May 18, 2020.

When is Early Start?

Early Start will be held virtually during summer session two (5W2) at the University of North Texas. Students will begin on Sunday, July 5th and end on Friday, August 7th.

Students will follow their courses schedules, which include online meetings at set times, in addition to attending two cohort meetings and one small group meeting per week.  Please review the Expectations and Schedule page for details. 

How much does Early Start cost?

FREE TEXTBOOKS FOR THE SUMMER & SCHOLARSHIP FOR 2020-2021 

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 hopes to ease some of the financial burden by covering the cost of textbooks for the required summer courses.   Additionally, those who successfully complete the program will be awarded a one-time $500 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year.  

STUDENTS COVER THE COST OF SUMMER 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.   

Is financial aid available?

YES!  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.  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 educational expenses. 

Many students may have already submitted the 2020-2021 FAFSA in preparation for the Fall 2020 semester.  Note however, that for the summer 2020 semester, you’ll need to also complete the 2019-2020 FAFSA and UNT Summer 2020 Financial Aid application. The deadline for summer financial aid applications is JUNE 1, 2020.  

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?

For the virtual program, Early Starters are required to participate in any New Student Orientation session that occurs before July 6, 2020.  For more information, please visit the New Student Orientation website

You may request to have the fee for Orientation deferred by completing the Orientation Fee Deferment Request Form.