LiberalArtsFIT students sit in front of Mackay Mines building

LiberalArtsFIT is the College of Liberal Arts Freshman Intensive Transition program, a one-credit, rigorous academic program that takes place the week prior to the start of school. The program is designed to assist incoming freshmen with resources and guidance to transition successfully from high school to college. We will take an in-depth approach on the benefits of a liberal arts degree with an emphasis on career exploration and the importance of gaining transferrable skills through experiential learning opportunities. The curriculum will simulate the academic intensity of a midterm week during a regular college semester, along with providing students with the resources they need to support their success. LiberalArtsFIT will prepare students to be more confident and prepared for their first semester of college and their future academic careers.

Retention rates compared to non-participants in the 2017-2018 cohort were 6.2% higher.

This program is designed to:

  • Introduce you to the academic rigor of college, by placing you into a college math course
  • Provide you with skills sessions to increase academic success 
  • Familiarize you with available academic resources
  • Acclimate you to college one week prior to the start of school
  • Expose you to your academic discipline
  • Inform you on career and experiential learning opportunities
  • Acquaint you with faculty and staff within your major

Parent Information:

This is an exciting, yet emotional time for students and families. It is important to plan your goodbyes before the Check-in and Kick-Off Ceremony. We recommend planning dinner the night before or breakfast on the day of Check-in. Please keep in mind this is for academic credit, therefore at check-in, class begins. After this time, your students will be busy roughly until 10 p.m. every night with activities throughout the day. Goodbyes are important, please plan accordingly so that you can enjoy your time together. For additional information, please refer to the NevadaFIT Parent Information page.

What to bring?

  • Comfortable clothes and shoes (there will be a lot of walking and some physical activity)
  • Refillable water bottle
  • Snacks
  • Backpack, binder, pen/pencils, paper
  • Hats/glasses/sunscreen, etc.


  • Early move-in
  • Exposure to campus and resources before school starts
  • Meet new people within your discipline, gain friendships
  • You will receive academic-credit

• “It was a very rigorous and somewhat tiring experience, but I’m very glad I had the chance to take part in it!”

• “This program changed my outlook on college.”

LiberalArtsFIT participants