Smartstart Program

SmartStart is a summer transition program that improves students’ academic skills and accelerates their progress towards graduation through retesting.  Held during the month of July, SmartStart welcomes qualifying freshmen.

Students are invited to participate based on placement test results that indicate the need to enroll in two or more pre-college level courses.  After a rigorous four-week program, students are given the opportunity to retake their placement tests, often improving course placement, resulting in accelerated progress towards graduation. 

The three-year graduation rate for SmartStart students exceeds local and national rates for today’s entering community college freshmen.  On-going support services, such as academic advisement, tutoring in the Student Academic Success Center, and enrichment workshops, continue a student’s support beyond the summer program.

Students do not pay any fees for this valuable program. 

Click here for the SmartStart brochure.

Call the Office of Academic Services at (845) 431-8090 for more information.