The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to creating a culture of student success and completion. NevadaFIT is part of this commitment. Short for "Freshman Intensive Transition," NevadaFIT is a one-credit academic program that takes place the week before school starts.
The primary goal of NevadaFIT is to help students transition successfully from high school to college. NevadaFIT provides a realistic orientation to the style, pace, intensity and rigor of college courses. After completing NevadaFIT, students are better prepared for their first semester of college.
NevadaFIT is modeled after "BIOS" -- a program that was established at Louisiana State University in 2005 to help freshmen biology majors successfully transition into college. It is appropriately referred to as a "boot camp" because it provides an intense and transformative introduction to what a college class is really like. BIOS has received national acclaim from organizations such as the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. It has been replicated at over 30 universities nationwide. The University of Nevada, Reno is the first university to translate the academic boot camp to majors beyond the sciences.
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NevadaFit Dates: August 18 - 23, 2018
- The NevadaFIT 2018 application is live! Apply now!
All incoming freshmen from all majors are welcome to attend. The College of Science, the College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources, and the College of Education have made the program mandatory for all incoming students. All students with a declared major in these three colleges will be auto-enrolled in NevadaFIT. All other majors must apply. Camps have capacities, and students must officially be accepted into the program to attend. NevadaFIT is intended for all incoming freshmen, regardless of academic credentials. In 2017, NevadaFIT had 1,358 participants, and we expect to have almost 1,800 in 2018. Each college on campus runs its own bootcamp, and there are eight total camps:
- ScienceFIT (College of Science)
- CABNRFIT (College of Agriculture, Biotechnology, and Natural Resources)
- LiberalArtsFIT (College of Liberal Arts)
- FIT2Care (College of Education)
- HealthFIT (Division of Health Science)
- E-FIT (College of Engineering)
- BizFIT (College of Business)
- J-FIT (School of Journalism)