Program Experience

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.

Student Housing

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 attending August Intersession will not be housed together. In many cases, students will be housed across campus and building staff will be limited. Students are encouraged to contact the Department of Student Housing with any issues or concerns.

Meal Plan

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 the Student 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 student actual cost will be prorated based on arrival date.