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NevadaFIT: Boot camp fosters college mindset for incoming freshmen

Past NevadaFIT students and peer mentors.

The University of Nevada, Reno campus is about ready to welcome another record number of students when classes begin Aug. 24, and there’s a group of freshmen who are getting a head start Aug. 16-20.

While incoming freshmen may see their first year of college as the "thirteenth grade," they are often surprised by the immediate intensity of, and adjustment required for, university-level study. Success in college requires a new mindset along with a higher level of preparation that many freshmen just aren't ready for as classes get underway. 

To help first-year students prepare to make that upward jump successfully, the University of Nevada, Reno offers a one-week, pre-semester boot camp called NevadaFit—Freshmen Intensive Transition.

Now in its third year at the university, NevadaFIT was the topic of conversation on KUNR's Beyond the Headlines with Provost Kevin Carman and Christina Cho, director of advising, recruitment and retention for the College of Science. (Interviewed by David Stipech; air date 8-14-15.)

What is NevadaFIT?

  • Short for "freshman intensive transition," NevadaFIT is a five-day academic program designed to increase success for incoming college students.
  • The program offers a glimpse into the University's rigorous academic expectations and college life prior to the start of the semester.

Registration for next year's incoming freshmen will be offered in early spring.
More information about NevadaFIT.

David Stipech is a former general manager at KUNR Public Radio.
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