for incoming freshmen

SCHS students in the grove
JumpStart counselors and students in grove
JumpStart counselor holding get here first sign

Are you ready…for Freshman year at Ole Miss?

JumpStart is a program for incoming freshmen that allows them to begin their first year of college during the Summer after they graduate from high school. The purpose of the program is to help students with their transition from high school to college life by immersing them in course rigor similar to what they will experience in their first Fall semester, supplemented with in-program activities that build academic skills and connect students to other programs and resources on the Ole Miss campus.

JumpStart is a great option for students that want to get ahead or take care of pre-requisites or developmental studies (DS) courses before the Fall.

Students are enrolled as full-time summer students and start learning about life at Ole Miss before the rest of the freshman class. The program offers workshops, guest speakers and guided social activities. Program activities are designed to enhance the college experience and give students the tools they need to make their next four years a success.

Summer 2023 Sessions*

  • First Summer Session: May 29 – June 27, 2022
  • Second Summer Session: June 30 – July 29, 2022
  • August Intersession: August 1 – 13, 2022 

2023 Deadlines
June Session: May 1
July Session: June 15
August Session: June 15

*May and Full Summer sessions are not options for JumpStart students.


JumpStart is a great way for students to get ahead and/or ease into the transition from high school to college life. There are many benefits and advantages for incoming freshmen attending JumpStart:

  • Enroll as a full-time student in summer (6 credits in June or July, 3 credits in August).
  • Receive a partial tuition scholarship. See costs page for full details.
  • Gain the skills and tools needed for student success.
  • Experience college life with a small cohort before the Fall rush.
  • Get the inside scoop on anything and everything Ole Miss!


Students must meet the following criteria in order to be eligible for the JumpStart Program:

  • Be admitted to the University of Mississippi
  • Be an incoming freshman for the Fall
  • Register for full-time enrollment in your chosen summer session(s)


To participate, students must meet the following requirements before the start date of a JumpStart session:

  • Attend Ole Miss Freshman Orientation
  • Meet with an academic advisor
  • Register for summer courses (at least 6 credit hours in First or Second Summer; 3 credit hours in August Intersession)
  • Live in on-campus summer student housing