FAQ

What is FastTrack?

FastTrack is a one-week program designed specifically for first-year students. Students experience coursework in a variety of disciplines including Biology, Chemistry, Composition & Communications, 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?

Tentative dates for FastTrack 2018 are Saturday, August 11th through Friday, August 17th, when K-week begins.

What does FastTrack Cost?

2018 Program Costs are expected to be similar to 2017. The 2017 Program costs were as follows:

  • The cost for this program is only $109. (This includes 6 dinners) You can pay via credit card online at the end of the registration process or you can mail in a check after you complete the online registration.
  • Early move-in cost is $138 ($23 per night x 6 nights) and will be charged to your student account.
  • Funds for other meals can be added to your account by going to UK PLUS ACCOUNT.

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. They 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, you know some of your classmates, and you know about the campus resources available when you have a question.

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. While this program does take a week out of your summer, it is an investment against having to spend an additional year working on your undergraduate degree. Struggling in math, biology, chemistry, or WRD could cause a set-back. A few days spent now can save you a year (and the tuition) later.

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.  

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?

If you are living on-campus in the fall semester, 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. If you have not applied for on-campus housing, you will be responsible for providing your own housing.

IMPORTANT NOTE: FastTrack students SHOULD NOT fill out the early move in form, as this will be taken care of upon registering through FastTrack.  

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.  Schedules will be made by early August, after students have gone through "See Blue" U Orientation and registered for the Fall term.
 

Can I participate in FastTrack and Greek life?

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

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