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What is FastTrack?

FastTrack is a 3 day program designed specifically for first-year students. Students experience coursework in a variety of disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, College Algebra, Pre-Calculus, and Calculus. Students will have opportunity to work closely with senior professors and academic advisors while learning about academic expectations and campus life in preparation for success at UK.

Do all STEMCats LLP students participate in FastTrack?

Yes, FastTrack is a key building block to the STEMCats community. During FastTrack, STEMCats students will meet their mentors and fellow STEMCats and participate in special STEMCats activities.

When is FastTrack?

Monday, August 15th through August 17th before K-week begins. STEMCats move in is Sunday August 14th. 

What does FastTrack Cost?

2022 Program costs:

  • The cost for this program is only $50. You can pay via credit card online at the end of the registration process.




What are the goals of FastTrack?

FastTrack helps students acclimate to all aspects of college life.

FastTrack is an opportunity for students to prepare for their college courses before the semester begins. Students will come to campus early, meet professors, develop friendships, receive college-level instruction, complete college-level coursework, and identify campus support resources.

Why would I take this prep program when I am already excelling in Calculus, Biology or Chemistry?

This is a great question. The truth is that coming to college requires significant transition for every student. This program will help you begin that transition sooner. When classes begin, you will already know what to expect, many of your classmates, and about the resources available on campus.

Research indicates participation in this type of summer program increases success. For example, students pursuing highly regimented majors requiring higher level math - must successfully complete calculus in their first semester in order to graduate on time.  Struggling in  biology, chemistry and\or math could cause a set-back for future semesters.

What is the FastTrack class schedule? 

Your class schedule will be determined by your major and the classes you are taking during your fall semester schedule.  You will recieve your Fasttrack schedule shortly before Fasttrack begins or at Fasttrack orientation.


Will I need to buy any books for FastTrack?

No.  Supplemental materials will be provided in class.

Does this program award University credit?

No, there is no University credit associated with this program.

Where will I live?

You will move directly into your regular housing assignment. This is another advantage of this program. You will be able to move in and get settled before the rest of the students living on campus. 

Can I participate in FastTrack and marching band?

Students participating in Band can also participate in FastTrack.  In collaboration with the Band Director  we have determined a mutually beneficial schedule for students. 


Can I participate in FastTrack and Greek life?

Yes, both fraternity and sorority activities (including Rush) occur after the start of the fall semester.