What is JumpStart?
JumpStart is an opportunity for incoming UM freshmen to come to the Ole Miss campus early and begin earning college credit and familiarizing themselves with the services offered to University students. This year students will have TWO SESSION OPTIONS: May 26-June 25 and June 25-July 25.
JumpStart students get a "jumpstart" in their University studies, meet faculty, and most importantly, make new friends and connect to Ole Miss before the rest of the freshman class arrives on campus for the Fall 2014 semester. The program includes activities and experiences that encourage students to interact with one another while learning to manage the independence of college life.
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How will I benefit from participating in JumpStart?
During the term of the program you will:
- Earn 6 credit hours that fulfill the University’s general education requirements.
- Lighten your course load for the fall semester.
- Ask questions, seek answers, make connections.
- Participate in small, informal classes designed specifically for JumpStart.
- Become a University student, prepared to succeed when the fall semester begins.
- Discover what professors expect of students.
- Explore the campus, computer laboratories, library resources, Writing Center, advising offices, recreations center, and local points of interest.
- Live in a residence hall with other UM Jump-Start and current UM students.
- Learn to manage free time and study hours.
- Challenge yourself.
- Build leadership and team-building skills.
- Make new friends and contacts both in your major and on campus.
The invitation to participate in JumpStart is extended to any student who has been admitted to the University as a freshman for the Fall of 2014. This invitation is particularly attractive to those students looking to lighten their class load in the first semester. Moreover, the program is also especially helpful for students who need a basic-level course or prerequisite before beginning a multiple-course sequence (i.e. someone who needs to take a developmental studies course, someone wanting to take College Algebra before beginning the Calculus sequence, etc.).
Can I choose my own roommate?
Of course you can, but you must have your roommate request form returned to us by May 2nd for first session and June 2nd for second session. Both people need to send in a Roommate Request Form requesting each other. Feel free to email or standard mail the form to us at the address below.
Should I still sign up for Freshman Orientation in June if I participate in JumpStart?
YES! All freshmen must attend an orientation session. Registration for all orientations opens on March 1st at 8:30 a.m. cst and we HIGHLY RECOMMEND students be at their computers at that time to register. Registration is done online at: www.olemiss.edu/orientation.
Students attending the first JumpStart session in June are required to register for two different orientation sessions. The first session is May 26, during which students will schedule their summer classes.
Second session JumpStart participants are encouraged to register for one of the first sessions in June in order to assure they get into the courses they want (in the summer and the fall). The JumpStart program begins with the expectation that all participants have attended and successfully completed an orientation session.
Orientation allows you to meet with your advisor and set your schedule for both the fall and for JumpStart. Without a schedule, you cannot participate in JumpStart. Orientation also introduces students to all aspects of the campus and allows both student and parents to familiarize themselves with the inner workings of the University. Questions about orientation should be directed to the Office of Orientation Programs.
What kinds of classes do I take during JumpStart?
You will sign up for your classes during your UM Orientation session (in June) after visiting with an academic advisor.
Participants are required to take six hours while in JumpStart. We strongly suggest that students take classes from the list provided below. If a student has completed all the classes listed, his or her advisor can provide instruction on the best classes to take during Jumpstart. It has been our experience that JumpStart students do well in the classes listed below and these classes are required for almost every major on campus. We conduct study sessions for these classes throughout the month. Both the fall and summer school schedules are online at http://my.olemiss.edu.
I have no idea what to take… Any suggestions?
|Course Type||Course Number & Description:|
|Students whose ACT reading subscore is less than 17 or SAT verbal score is less than 390||Must enroll in DS 97: Intermediate Reading|
|Students with ACT reading subscores of 17, 18, or 19||Consider enrolling in DS 97: Intermediate Reading
(Students enrolling in DS 97 are not allowed to enroll in any history class during JumpStart)
|Students whose ACT English subscore is less than 17 or SAT verbal score is less than 390||Must enroll in DS 98: Intermediate English
(Students enrolling in DS 98 are not allowed to enroll in any Writing class during JumpStart)
|Students with ACT English subscores of 17, 18, or 19||Consider enrolling in DS 98: Intermediate English|
|Students with ACT math subscores less than 17 or SAT mathematics scores less than 390||Must enroll in DS 99: Intermediate Algebra|
|Students with ACT math subscores of 17, 18, or 19||Consider enrolling in DS 99: Intermediate Algebra|
|Students without any English Composition credit already (from AP, dual credit, or dual enrollment):||WRIT 101: First Year Writing I *|
|History (please note that students are strongly encouraged to not take 2 history classes during Jumpstart)||HIS 102: The History of Europe to 1648*
HIS 102: The History of Europe from 1648*
HIS 105: The History of the US to 1877*
HIS 106: The History of the US Since 1877*
|Social/Behavorial Science||PSY 201: General Psychology
SOC 101: Introductory Sociology I
POL 101: Introduction to American Politics
|Fine Arts||Any Fine Arts class approved by the students advisor|
*FASTrack students are not allowed to take these classes during Jumpstart because they have to take them during the Fall and Spring as part of FASTrack. Summer School courses can be intense because of the amount of information compressed into a short time period. Be sure you select coursework that is appropriate for you (from an academic and interest perspective). Also, be sure you attend all class sessions, complete all assignments in a timely manner, and take advantage of any additional study sessions offered to you.
Is that it? Will there be more?
Of course! We haven't even covered the best part of the program—our JumpStart mentors! JumpStart mentors are specially selected and trained University of Mississippi students who live in the residence hall with JumpStart students, lead peer group meetings during JumpStart Hour, and offer general counsel and guidance about transitioning to university life. Making new friends is part of the university experience so why not get a JumpStart on that too?
|Application/Program Fee (non-refundable)||$200.00|
|Resident Tuition (6 hrs)||$785.25***|
|*||Based on double-occupancy for the term|
|**||Meal plan includes 17 meals at the Residential College Cafeteria and $200 in Express Cash; unused meals expire at the end of the term; unused Express Cash rolls over to the Fall Semester|
|***||ALL Jumpstart students receive a $785.25 scholarship. The rate for 6 hours of non-resident tuition is $1570.50. In order to receive this scholarship students must fill out the Summer financial aid application on the University of Mississippi Financial Aid Homepage. Pell Grants are available for students who qualify, but student must fill out the 2013-2014 FASFA.|
|Course fees and books are not included in the price above.|
Is financial aid available for JumpStart students?
YES! Pell grants are available for students who qualify, but students must complete a 2013-2014 FASFA in order to determine eligibility. The FASFA application can be found on the University of Mississippi Financial Aid Homepage. The University of Mississippi school code is 002440
Students interested in obtaining additional financial aid should fill out an application for summer financial aid on the University of Mississippi Financial Aid Homepage.
What will I need to bring to the residence hall?
We encourage JumpStart students to pack light for the summer. Students cannot move in to their assigned room for the Fall before those residence halls open. Thus, all JumpStart students will have to move out of the residence hall at the end of their JumpStart term.
How do I apply?
Registration is currently closed.
Registration for JumpStart is done completely online. Once your application has been received, you will be e-mailed additional materials to complete the registration process. The size of the program is limited, so register early!
For more information please contact Matthew DeLoach at firstname.lastname@example.org
P.O. Box 9
University, MS 38677