Fast Start Academy: June 22nd thru July 23rd

Fast Start Academy Students
(NOTE: This is a Summer Only Program)

Program Summary:

Fast Start Academy is a unique six-week program which has received praise from past participants.  This intensive program is fast paced and designed to transition you from high school to college. The program provides two classes (six hours of elective credit), labs, housing, a meal plan, books, service learning, and a strong sense of community.  As a participant you'll have great teachers, meet other entering freshmen, benefit from peer mentors, and get a head-start with your courses.

How do I apply for Fast Start Academy?

Step 1:  Apply to Jacksonville State University

Step 2:  Type a 300-400 word essay that answers the following question:  Why do I want to attend Fast Start Academy? (Describe how you would benefit from attending this program). **

Step 3:  Request two letters of recommendation from two of your academic teachers who taught you in the classroom during the 11th or 12th grade.  The letters should state your potential to succeed in an intensive and fast paced summer academic program.**

(Note: We highly recommend that you refer the academic teachers that will be writing your letters to this website so that they may review the programs criteria and expectations).

Step 4:  Once your application to Jacksonville State University has been processed and your test scores have been evaluated, you will be able to apply to Fast Start Academy  (This link takes you to our application located at the bottom of this page).

Step 5:  Pay your $100 non-refundable deposit at the end of the Fast Start Academy application.

** All documents required by steps 2 and 3 may be emailed to or mailed to:

    700 Pelham Road North Jacksonville, AL 36265 Attn: Fast Start Academy, Houston Cole Library.

What should I expect during the program?

Fast Start Academy is an intensive and fast paced program that compresses a 13 week semester into 26 class days. You should expect to attend and actively participate in all classes, and to complete your assignments in a timely manner.

Can I attend Accepted Student Day?

Fast Start Academy’s Accepted Student Day will be held on April 3rd. Once you complete all required steps and pay your $100 deposit you will receive an invitation from Admissions and Learning Services.

How many students will be admitted to Fast Start Academy?

We accept 75 students each summer into the program.

When and what time are the courses offered?

Participants of the program will attend JSU’s 2020 Summer II Term (Scheduled Class Dates: June 22nd thru July 23rd).  Fast Start Academy classes are held Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4:00 pm (includes breaks and lunch).

Can I take a vacation during the program?

Please schedule your vacation prior to the start or after the program concludes. Absences are only allowed in emergency situations.

What classes will I take in Fast Start Academy?

  • MS107 Intermediate Algebra for Finite Mathematics: A developmental mathematics course designed to provide mastery of the topics required for successful completion of MS110 and/or MS204 and preparation for MS 112 (3 credit hours).
  • LS 104 ACADEMIC SUCCESS SKILLS: Individualized freshman seminar providing supportive guidance in study skills, problem-solving, decision-making, and college adjustment.  This course is designed to help students with balancing college life and proficiency in the classroom.  It covers many subjects such as using Canvas efficiently, English skills, financial management, etc. (3 credit hours)
  • LS 101 FAST START LAB:  This lab is mandatory for students who have been accepted to JSU through the Fast Start Academy. The learning environment in the laboratory will be individualized and mastery-based for additional instruction in the areas of algebra, writing, reading, and first-year success. The objectives of this lab are tied to the two courses offered in the Fast Start Academy: MS 107 Intermediate Algebra for Finite Mathematics and LS 104 Academic Success Skills.

Where will I live during the program?

You will live in a JSU campus residence hall near the center of campus and enjoy programs and activities to help you make a successful transition to JSU.  A Fast Start Kick Off Event will occur on June 19th at 9:00 AM prior to the start of the program.  The Fast Start Kick Off will include a morning session detailing the program, and will also include a faculty/staff meet and greet.  Students will be able to move into their residence hall after the Fast Start Kick Off concludes.

How much will it cost for me to attend Fast Start Academy and what is included?

(This cost comparison is based on the 2019 Fast Start Academy program. Prices are subject to change for future programs).

  • Tuition: (6 credit hours for the price of 3 credit hours) $972
  • Fast Start Academy Lab Fee: $100
  • On Campus Housing: (Mandatory) $625
  • Meal Plans: 8 meals per week with $150.00 flex -  $573.38
  • University Fee: $200
  • Books: (approx.) $150
  • Gamecock Orientation Fee: $80
  • ID Fee: $10
  • Parking Decal Fee: $15

Available Financial Aid:

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for 2019/2020 will need to be filed to verify your eligibility for funds to assist with the Fast Start Academy program.  (NOTE:2020/2021 FAFSA WILL NOT COVER THIS PROGRAM). If you have applied, make sure to check under MY JSU, Student and Financial Aid link to see if you were awarded funds. Also check your JSU email daily for information from FAFSA. If you have not yet applied please do so immediately at:

Can I work during the program?

Since Fast Start Academy is an academic immersion program, students are strongly discouraged from working during the program.

Will I attend Gamecock Orientation?

Yes, you will attend orientation for the 2020 fall semester as a group during the program. You will register for the July 16th session, and we will also be available to assist you with registration during Fast Start Academy’s Accepted Student Day.

What about fall semester?

If you successfully complete and pass all of the required courses and labs in the Fast Start Academy, you will return for the 2020 fall semester.

Want to learn more?

You may contact us by email: or by phone: 256-782-5783 for further questions.


Fast Start Academy Application: