Application Process:

Students who are interested in taking part in Ignite and are eligible should complete the Ignite Program Application by May 24, 2017. Qualified applicants will be contacted by admissions to complete the program application.   Once an application is completed, qualified applicants will be contacted to schedule an interview with campus staff in order to be further considered for admission into the program. After each interview has been completed, Ignite staff members will select up to 80 students to be accepted into the Ignite program. Information about the Ignite program, housing, financial aid, and fee payment will be emailed to you as a confirmation of your reservation in the program.

Dates of the Program:

Classes will begin on Monday, June 27th and continue through exams on July 22nd. Ignite Move-in will take place on Wednesday, June 21st. Freshman Orientation for Ignite students will  take place on June 22nd-23rd (Freshman 5).

Ignite Move-In:

Move-In will be held on Wednesday, June 21st at Bowdon Residence Hall.  On June 21st, students will be able to retrieve their student ID cards, parking passes, and summer class schedule.  June 22nd-23rd (Freshman Orientation) students will get information about UWG and campus resources.  During June 24-26th (Mandatory Ignite Bootcamp) students will learn about program expectations, pick up their textbooks at the Bookstore, and will have the opportunity to speak with staff members from Financial Aid, Housing and Residence Life, the Bursar, and other campus departments about what to expect during Ignite.


Orientation is a requirement for all new students at the University of West Georgia. You will receive more information about Orientation after all Ignite acceptance offers have been confirmed. Students in the Ignite program must attend Freshman 5 Orientation, June 22nd-23rd. There is an additional fee for students and guests attending the orientation session.

Financial Aid:

In order to be eligible for receiving summer financial aid, you must complete the 2016-2017 Free Application for federal Student Aid (FAFSA) online at . For fall 2017 financial aid, you must also complete the 2017-2018 FAFSA.

Academic Courses:

Students who are accepted into the Ignite program will take two academic courses, Media and the Arts (XIDS 2100) and American Government (POLS 1101). By taking these courses, students earn six hours of academic credit over the summer that will count toward graduation.

All Ignite students will be required to take UWG 1101, a first-year seminar course, as well as English Composition I in the Fall and English Composition II in the Spring. These courses will be automatically added to the student’s schedule by New Students Programs staff.


Students who are accepted into the Ignite program will be required to live on campus in Bowdon Residence Hall. Living on campus provides many benefits to students, including the ability to meet and engage with other students and have quicker access to university resources and services.

Once students are accepted into the Ignite program they will sign a Fall and Summer housing contract.

If you have any additional questions about Ignite please contact Melissa Grosso in the New Student Programs Office at 678-839-5227 or by email at