Early Start | Early Success


The Division of Academic Enhancement (DAE) empowers all students to achieve success and supports students as they transition into higher education and sustains their progress through the University’s unique academic environment. The Early Start | Early Success program provides an opportunity for first generation students to start their college career early at UGA by becoming part of TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) and attending the Freshman College Summer Experience (FCSE).

TRiO SSS is a federally funded grant program that helps transition, retain, and graduate students at UGA. This program provides opportunities for academic development, assists with college requirements, and serves to motivate students toward success.

As part of the Early Start | Early Success program, students enroll in the FCSE. FCSE is a transformative four-week (July 8 - August 2, 2019) academic residential program that serves a diverse community of first-year undergraduates and is designed to foster a smooth transition from high school to college. Introducing scholars to the rigors and unique learning opportunities at America’s first state-chartered university, FCSE allows students to form meaningful academic and social networks, equipping them for future academic success. FCSE participants take three academic courses (six course credit hours) and emerge from the program confident in their ability to successfully navigate the campus and meet the academic challenges in their first year at UGA.

Students who participate in the Early Start | Early Success program are given holistic support prior to entering UGA and throughout their time at UGA including: an Early Start Day, a Scholars’ Success Day, academic tutoring and coaching, participation in the TRiO Student Support Services program, and one-on-one interaction and access to TRiO and FCSE faculty and staff.