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About Engineering Smart Start

Congratulations on being accepted to the University of Kentucky! As you know, math is a very important foundation for engineering classes and progression in calculus can determine a student’s success. We are committed to student success here at the University of Kentucky and want to invite you to participate in Engineering Smart Start (ESS) this summer to help meet these academic goals!

As ESS participants, students will participate in ALEKS Placement, Preparation and Learning (ALEKS PPL) math modules throughout the summer, which will move them toward being calculus ready for the fall semester. ALEKS PPL combines a research-based, accurate placement assessment with personalized learning tools to help students refresh knowledge related to math preparedness. ALEKS PPL gives students the opportunity to prepare for math before they even begin class. By choosing to participate in ESS, you are committing to using free study skills resources that can help you excel during your time at the University of Kentucky. At the end of the summer, you will participate in an on-campus, one-week Fast Track Program where you will experience coursework in chemistry, math, engineering visualization and engineering student success.

This program will acclimate you to campus and will provide you with the opportunity to meet professors and develop friendships while receiving college-level instruction that will prepare you for your first year courses. You will have access to a Canvas shell that will provide information important to student success at UK. Our academic coaches will assist you with downloading everything on your electronic device that you need to complete the majority of the ESS program remotely this summer from the comfort of your own home. Below you will find the requirements for participating in ESS this summer:

STEP 1: Confirm participation in ESS by May 29, 2019. Click on www.uky.edu/tl/smartstart to confirm participation in ESS. Once participation is confirmed an academic coach will contact you with further details.

STEP 2: Complete your ALEKS proctored math placement exam.  New Wildcats are required to complete placement exams to ensure accurate course enrollment. You can take your placement exams for free on campus at UK, or for a small fee online or at a remote testing location close to you. Please visit go.uky.edu/aleks for more information about placement testing and to register for one of these convenient options. Placement testing must be completed no later than June 8, 2019.

STEP 3: Work with an academic coach to set goals this summer. ESS students are assigned an academic coach and are required to meet with them online at least two times this summer to set goals and learn study strategies, time management tips and organizational skills to help you be successful at UK. Visit www.uky.edu/tl/academic-coaching for more information about academic coaching and to sign up for your first appointment. Students must schedule their first academic coaching appointment by June 8, 2019.

STEP 4: Work in ALEKS PPL math modules this summer.  After students complete their ALEKS proctored placement exam, math modules are unlocked to prepare students for their math coursework. By practicing math problems in the modules, students can work towards Calculus readiness. Your academic coach will also help you set math readiness goals. Although you can work in the modules when it is convenient for your schedule, we will have ALEKS tutors available to answer questions in an ALEKS Zoom classroom on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 10:30-11:50 starting June 9 through July 31. You must work at least 12-15 hours in ALEKS modules this summer to complete ESS.

STEP 5: Sign up and participate in the FastTrack Program. Your participation in ESS, allows you to move onto campus early on August 15th and participate in an exclusive transition program. FastTrack is a one-week program (August 15-August 21) where you will experience coursework in chemistry, math, engineering visualization and engineering student success. This program will acclimate you to campus and will provide you with the opportunity to meet professors and develop friendships while receiving college-level instruction that will prepare you for your 1st year courses. The cost of the Fast Track program is $109 (includes 6 dinners) and an early move-in housing cost of $96 for LLP students and $144 for non-LLP students. Some students may qualify for a waiver of the FastTrack fee if they are eligible for a federal Pell Grant, as determined by submission of the FAFSA and award package from the Student Financial Aid Office. Registration for the Fast Track Program can be found at www.as.uky.edu/fasttrack and must be completed by May 29. Once you register for FastTrack, we will handle your early move-in registration.