Welcome to NevadaFIT

Bootcamps for academic success

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NevadaFIT information

August19-24, 2023

NevadaFIT is a required, one-credit academic program that kicks off the fall semester for first-year students. It is designed to help students successfully transition from high school to college and provides realistic exposure to the style, pace, intensity, and rigor of college courses. After completing NevadaFIT, students are better prepared for their first semester of college.

TransferFIT information

August 19-24, 2023

TransferFIT is not required for transfer students, but is highly encouraged. It is designed specifically for transfer students to help ease the transition to the University of Nevada, Reno community. There are a limited number of spots and students must apply and be accepted to attend.

Mentor information

Upperclassmen can work for the NevadaFIT program as a mentor. You can work with NevadaFIT or TransferFIT students.

Are you a newly admitted student starting in Fall 2023?

Be sure to check out our New Student Summer Experience page to learn about required events and key dates from summer through fall.

New Student Summer Experience
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Program awards and recognition

"It was phenomenal. Not only did I receive lecture material in biology and chemistry, but I also made a lifelong connection with other students in the program who also are motivated. I was able to network with my professors, too, and experience what it was like to take tests without the fear of failing. At first I was kind of scared of boot camp, but I am so glad I did it."

ScienceFIT participant

Average one-year retention rate increase


NevadaFIT works!

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 turning it into the incredible program it is today!

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Winner (2021). WICHE Colleague’s Choice Award
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Winner (2019). NWCCU Beacon Award for Excellence in Student Achievement and Success
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Finalist (2018). APLU Degree Completion Award