Fast Start Academy : June 25 - July 30, 2018 (NOTE: This is a Summer Only Program)

Fast Start Academy Students

Program Summary:

Fast Start Academy is a unique six-week program which has won praise from past participants.  The program is 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?

Students are invited to participate in the program on a first-come, first served basis. To reserve a seat in the program please complete the application below and pay a $100 deposit.

What should I expect during the program?

Fast Start Academy compresses a 13 week semester into 23 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 is April 27, 2018. Once you complete an application 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 will attend JSU’s Summer II 2018 term from June 25th through July 30th. Orientation is June 22nd. Classes are Monday through Friday from 8:00 am to 4 pm (includes breaks and lunch).

Can I take a vacation during the program?

Please schedule your vacation prior to June 22nd or after July 30th. 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 blackboard 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 100 Intermediate Algebra 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. Move-in is June 22nd.

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

  • Tuition: (6 credit hours for the price of 3 credit hours)   $927
  • Fast Start Academy Lab Fee: $100
  • On Campus Housing: (Mandatory) $600
  • Meal Plans: 8 meals per week with $150.00 flex -  $541.50
  • Books: (approx.) $150
  • Gamecock Orientation Fee $80
  • ID Fee: $10
  • Parking Decal Fee: $15

Available Financial Aid:

Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) 2017/2018 if you qualify. 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 as a group during the program. You will register for a specific session during Fast Start Academy’s Accepted Student Day.

What about fall semester?

If you successfully complete Fast Start Academy, you will return for the 2018 Fall Semester at JSU. Please complete the 2018/2019 FASFA form for the 2018 academic year.

Want to learn more?

Please contact Mary Reagan via email at or by phone at 256.782.5783 for questions.

Applying to Fast Start Academy

  • Once your application to Jacksonville State University has been processed and your test scores have been evaluated, you will be able to apply to the Fast Start Academy
  • Do not complete the Fast Start Academy application below until your application to Jacksonville State University has been processed.
  • The $100 non-refundable deposit is due at application completion
  For further information or questions please email Mary Reagan or call 256-782-5783.

Fast Start Academy Application