Summer Freshman Start is an opportunity for incoming freshmen to independently experience campus while attending regular college classes during the summer before their first fall semester begins. Summer courses are offered in many subjects, including math, English and 100- or 200-level classes that satisfy core requirements needed for your degree. Taking classes in the summer allows you to get an early start on your education, familiarize yourself with the University’s great resources, meet new people, and enjoy free University activities and events – all before the rush of fall.
How to enroll in Summer Session classes
Before you can enroll in Summer Session classes, you must first be accepted to the University of Nevada, Reno for Fall.
- Activate your MyNEVADA account and accept admission for fall.
- Submit the Summer Session Activation Form, located in MyNEVADA under Supplemental Forms, to activate your account for summer registration. The form is available starting in March.
- Review the Summer Session classes available and consult with an academic advisor to choose your classes.
- Register for summer classes in MyNEVADA by selecting the summer term and adding classes. Registration begins in April. The University’s enrollment guide can help you through the registration process.
Summer Freshman Start tuition award
The Summer Freshman Start tuition award is available to graduating high school seniors admitted to the University of Nevada, Reno for fall. Applicants must attend the University in fall to remain eligible for the award. They must also enroll in six (6) Summer Session credits OR one 5-credit Summer Session math or English class at the University of Nevada, Reno to be considered. Incoming students with 30 or more college credits are not eligible for this award.
How to apply for the Summer Freshman Start tuition award
To apply, enroll in six (6) Summer Session credits (typically two classes) or one 5-credit Summer Session math or English class and then submit the Summer Freshman Start Tuition Award application to the Summer Session office. The application will be available on this website in early May.
Funding will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Failure to earn the appropriate credits during Summer Session, or failure to attend the University of Nevada, Reno in fall, will result in the withdrawal of award money, in which case students will be responsible for returning the funds to the Cashier’s Office. Submitting the Summer Freshman Start tuition award application does not guarantee funding.
Download the 2021 tuition award application