The Original JumpStart Experience
Connect to upperclassmen and peer leaders through a structured combination of workshops and social events. JumpStart Classic is the classic program thousands of students have enjoyed since JumpStart’s inception at the University of Mississippi in Summer 2006. The goal of JumpStart Classic is for students to gain the knowledge and tools they need to navigate college life at Ole Miss — both academically and socially. Workshop topics include: Time Management, Healthy Strategies for Handling Stress, and The Upperclassmen’s Guide to Campus Involvement.
Workshop attendance is required, but weekend and evening social events are optional. Social events often include bowling, the campus climbing wall, ice cream on the Square, and snacks-n-studies.
Benefits of JumpStart Classic
- Earn six (6) credit hours
- Gain skills needed for academic success
- Learn about critical university resources available to Ole Miss students
- Learn more about life at Ole Miss and in Oxford
- Create new connections ahead of freshman year
- Be admitted as an incoming freshman at the University of Mississippi for the upcoming Fall semester
- Register for full-time enrollment (six credit hours) for June or July sessions.
Track Course Options
JumpStart Classic students will choose two 3-credit hour courses (six credits total) for June or July session. Students must consult with their academic advisor at Ole Miss Freshman Orientation regarding appropriate courses. Students with Developmental Studies (DS) holds will need to enroll in the appropriate DS course recommended by their academic advisor.
For a general listing of recommended summer courses, please see our FAQ page. Please note this listing is for information purposes only and not indicative of what is currently available.
Costs and Financial Aid
Track Cost Estimate
Program and track costs below are estimates and may not reflect final expenses. Estimates are based on Summer 2023 costs.
|Registration Fee (non-refundable)||$100|
|Classic Program Fee||$400|
|Capital Improvement Fee||$25|
|TOTAL||$3,378 - $5,691|
Additional fees: course fees, books, meal plan, and miscellaneous fees vary by student and are NOT reflected in the cost estimate above.
International additional costs: Medical insurance: $180
Explanation of Terms
The following chart provides explanation of the fees and other charges incurred during the summer.
|Registration Fee||A non-refundable fee paid at time of online registration.|
|Program Fee||A fee used to support programming charged to a student’s UM Bursar account for each session enrolled.|
|Housing||Standard summer rate for double-occupancy rooms.|
|Meal Plan||Variable; must enroll via Ole Miss ID Center|
|Health Insurance||For international students only.|
|Capital Improvement Fee||A university fee charged per course.|
Financial Aid and Scholarships
Students interested in obtaining financial aid should complete the Summer Financial Aid application on myOleMiss and visit the University of Mississippi Financial Aid website for information on available aid opportunities.
JumpStart Classic does not currently offer any scholarships to students enrolled in the program.
Federal Aid and FAFSA
Federal aid may be available for domestic students who qualify, but students must complete a 2023-2024 FAFSA by June 30, 2024, in order to determine eligibility for the June session of JumpStart. We recommend that July session students reserve their FAFSA 2024-2025 awards for fall and spring semester expenses.
Note:This is not the 2024-2025 FAFSA that you completed for the Fall 2024/Spring 2025 academic year. The FAFSA application can be found on the University of Mississippi Financial Aid homepage. The University of Mississippi school code is 002440.
Cancellations and Refunds
The online registration fee for JumpStart is non-refundable. Registered students that need to cancel their summer enrollment will need to complete the following steps:
- Drop from all registered courses before the Add/Drop Course Deadline for a session;
- Cancel summer Student Housing reservation; and
- Send written notification of withdrawal to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include your full name and student ID number.
JumpStart is NOT responsible for course withdrawals or fees incurred on a student’s UM Bursar account.
The purpose of JumpStart is to help incoming freshmen with the transition from high school to college life and provide a positive experience to “jumpstart” their college career at Ole Miss. JumpStart is a residential experience during the summer — a place for students to experience the Ole Miss campus on a smaller scale before the Fall rush.
JumpStart students are REQUIRED to live in designated residence halls during each session. JumpStart students must sign up for summer housing on myOleMiss. This application is separate from the online JumpStart application and from the fall housing application. The JumpStart program does not coordinate or determine housing assignments. The housing application typically opens in early April.
Students are encouraged to contact the Department of Student Housing with any issues or concerns.
JumpStart students are encouraged to enroll in a summer meal plan through the ID Center and Ole Miss Dining Services. This plan will be loaded on the student's Ole Miss ID card.
For more information on purchasing a meal plan or using the Ole Miss ID, please visit the Ole Miss ID center's website. For more information on campus dining, dates and times, and nutrition information, visit Ole Miss Dining’s website.
Student Health and Insurance
Student Health — Students have access to theStudent Health Center in the V.B. Harrison Building on campus. The Student Health Center offers a range of services to UM students. For more information, please visit the UM Student Health Center’s website.
Mental Health — Students have access to the mental health services provided by the University Counseling Center and their staff of counselors. For more information on their services, please visit the University Counseling Center’s website.
Health Insurance — International students are required to obtain health insurance coverage for the period of their enrollment in JumpStart. If they intend to remain in country until the beginning of fall semester, they must obtain additional coverage for the weeks between semesters. The cost of an extra month is about $180 (USD). The actual student cost will be prorated based on arrival date.