Welcome to NevadaFIT

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to creating a culture of student success and completion.

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.

NevadaFIT Dates: August 16-21, 2020

Student information

Learn more about the NevadaFIT student experience, from schedules to meals

Parent information

Get more details about NevadaFIT, the parent informational session and what your student can expect during the program

Mentor information

Learn about our Pack Mentor program, mentor responsibilities and how to apply to become a Pack Mentor for NevadaFIT

NevadaFIT camps

NevadaFIT is required for all degree-seeking first year students admitted for Fall terms, regardless of academic credentials. Students will be auto-enrolled in the NevadaFIT course that aligns with their declared major. Each college on campus runs its own bootcamp, and there are ten total camps.

NevadaFIT works

Average one-year retention rate increase


"Doing NevadaFIT was the best thing I could've done to prepare me for freshman year. Not only did I get a sneak peek at what a rigorous college class is like, but I also made friends that I still talk to today. It was a great way to familiarize myself with the campus and different teachers, it's an opportunity everyone should take advantage of."

Fit2Care participant

Program awards and recognition

Logo for the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU)
Finalist (2018). APLU Degree Completion Award
Logo for the Northwest Commission on Colleges and Universities
Winner (2019). NWCCU Beacon Award for Excellence in Student Achievement and Success