Smart Start is a series of summer bridge programs tailored to the needs of different student populations. Smart Start will prepare you for college, get you connected with Germanna support services, and help you make the right plan to finish your college degree.

Germanna Smart Start instructor leading a classroom activity

Take SDV 100 "College Success Skills"

Taking SDV 100 "College Success Skills" before your fall semester is the smart start to earning your college degree. SDV 100 is a required course for all degree-seeking students and will equip you with the tools to be successful at Germanna and beyond.

With Smart Start you will:

  • Take a free class
  • Earn college credit
  • Connect with campus resources
  • Choose a program of study
  • Make a plan to complete your degree

Is Smart Start right for you?

  • Have you taken dual enrollment courses?
  • Are you a former foster care youth?
  • Did you use an IEP or 504 in high school?
  • Will you be the first in your family to attend college?

Get Started


Smart Start: DE

Classes start June 6 and June 27

Location: In-person or online courses.

If you took a dual enrollment course from Germanna while in high school, our Smart Start: DE program is for you.

Program Details:

  • Enroll in our one-credit SDV 100 “College Success Skills” course and take an additional three-credit summer course of your choice, on us
  • Stay on track! Enroll full-time in fall 2023 and spring 2024 terms for additional scholarships

Smart Start: Career Connected

June 6-August 7, 2023

Location: Fredericksburg Area Campus

If you are a former foster care youth or used a IEP or 504 in high school, then Smart Start: Career Connected Education Program is for you.

Program Details:

  • Summer courses with extra support for students with barriers to learning
  • SDV 100 "College Success Skills" course, ENG 111, and PSY 120
  • Fun activities every Friday
  • Attend a Welcome Night on Thursday, June 1 at 6 p.m.

This scholarship is first come, first served. Learn more about the Career Connected Education Program.

Smart Start: First-Gen

July 17–20, 2023

Location: Fredericksburg Area Campus

If you will be the first in your family to go to college, then our Smart Start: First-Gen program is just for you.

Program Details:

  • Free SDV 100 "College Success Skills" course
  • Free laptop to keep
  • Fun, engaging four-day orientation

Give to Germanna. Make a difference in the lives of students, families, and your own community.