FASTrack Learning Community

Foundations for Academic Success Track

Frequently Asked Questions


General Information

What is FASTrack?
FASTrack is a first-year learning community that helps students transition from high school to college.

Is FASTrack a remedial program?
No, FASTrack is not a remedial program.

What is an academic mentor?
As a FASTrack student, you will have an academic mentor on your side. These are fabulous people who are ready to help you navigate your first year of college. Academic mentors offer all kinds of encouragement and advice, from how to find tutors to how to manage your time wisely. Your academic mentor will be available to you all year long—and beyond. They are important allies in your path to success.

Why do I need FASTrack? I did fine in high school, so I’m pretty sure I won’t need extra help in college.
You will benefit from FASTrack even if you never encounter a problem in college. Smaller classes, handpicked teachers, a strong sense of community, positive peers, friendly mentors: these are benefits that will help you maximize your experience and earn your best grades. At the same time, college is very different from high school, and you never know what challenges you might encounter. FASTrack students have lots of extra support available and ready, if needed.



How do I apply for FASTrack?
Visit and complete a brief application. We are accepting applications now for next academic year. FASTrack is selective and will fill to capacity by the summer.

Can I apply to FASTrack before being accepted into the university?
No, you can not apply to FASTrack without first being admitted to the university.

How many hours are recommended for first year students in FASTrack?
Most FASTrack students take 15 hours per semester. This course load will keep you balanced and on track to timely graduation. During summer orientation, you will meet with your FASTrack advisor to create your own, individualized schedule.

Is there any additional cost to being a part of FASTrack?
There is a one-time fee of $440 applied to your Bursar bill after you have been accepted into FASTrack. This one-time fee is the only cost. Students who are Pell-eligible will not be responsible for this fee.

Can anyone apply to FASTrack?
Any incoming first-year student in any major may apply.We do not serve students in the Honors College, the Croft Institute, Luckyday, or students taking two Developmental Studies courses because these programs offer similar systems of support. 

How long does it take to be accepted into the FASTrack program?
We process and review applications on a rolling basis. If you apply, you will be notified within 2-3 weeks of submission.


Housing & FASTrack LLC


Does FASTrack have a reserved dorm for students?
Yes, Burns Hall, a contemporary residence hall, is reserved exclusively for FASTrack students.If you choose to live in Burns Hall, you are required to room with another FASTrack student.

If I’m accepted into FASTrack, do I have to live in Burns?
No, you can live in any residence hall and participate in FASTrack. Burns Hall is awfully nice, though!

If I’m in FASTrack, can I live with a roommate who is not in FASTrack?
Yes, you can be in FASTrack and live with a roommate who is not. The only exception: if you choose to live in Burns Hall, you must room with another FASTrack student.


Classes & Registration


When does registration for classes start?
You will register for classes during your summer orientation. As a FASTrack student, three classes will be reserved for you, no matter your orientation date. This is a major advantage of FASTrack!

What classes are required in the FASTrack program?
All FASTrack students are required to take EDHE 105, Writing 101, and either Psychology 201 or Sociology 101 in the fall semester. You will take these classes with your cohort of 20 students. FASTrack makes our big university feel much smaller during the first semester.

What if I already have credit for Composition/Writing from a community college or AP exam?
You can still participate in FASTrack. In fact, our writing classes are incredible. We will strengthen your writing skills, no matter your starting point. As your parents will tell you, this is the key skill for success in college and in life. If you are in FASTrack, you will take Writing 101 in the fall with your small cohort from an exemplary teacher. No exceptions are made to this policy.

I’m a Provost’s Scholar. Can I still participate in FASTrack?
Yes, we have many Provost’s Scholars who participate in FASTrack. The programs are complementary.

Can I take any classes I want in FASTrack?
Three of your classes will be chosen and reserved, ready for when you arrive to orientation. At summer orientation, you will work with your FASTrack advisor to choose two more courses. We will always recommend courses that will move you closer to graduation. That goal may seem distant now, but you will soon take the first important steps!

Are summer courses required in FASTrack?
No. FASTrack happens during the fall and spring semesters of your first year. Some students take summer courses through UM’s Jumpstart program. Just remember not to take Writing 101, 102, EDHE 105, Psychology 201, and Sociology 101. You will take these courses in FASTrack!


For additional information please contact or call 662-915-1448