Denisha Bland ’13, ’15 MEd, assistant director of Frontier Set initiatives, mentors students during a weekly Spartan StartUp workshop.

This summer, 42 Spartans got a “head start” on college thanks to Spartan StartUp, UNC Greensboro’s new five-week summer bridge program for first-year students who come from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

The program’s goal is to prepare students for academic success and to help ease the transition to university life. Participants received individualized academic support and advising, participated in co-curricular and recreational activities and developed a strong network of peers, faculty and staff.

The courses, which fulfill a general education requirement for students, included an online component to better prepare students for online learning. All students – many of whom are Pell Grant eligible – were provided with laptops that will be used throughout their time at UNCG, thanks to a UNC System grant.

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Originally published August 1, 2018. Story by Alyssa Bedrosian. Photography by Jiyoung Park.

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