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jump! for incoming undergraduates

 a four-week academic summer program for incoming students

About Jump!

UMass Jump! is a 4-week residential summer program designed to facilitate a smooth transition into life at UMass Amherst for incoming students – domestic or international – before they begin their freshman year. The program is staffed and run by a team of live-in undergraduate students who will introduce program participants to a variety of resources and tools that are aimed at promoting comfort and academic success at the University.

During the program, students will take five academic credits – filling a General Education requirement – and will meet students and faculty members from across the University. It is an excellent opportunity to become acquainted with the campus geography and climate during its quaint and beautiful Summer months while most students are on vacation. The program is housed in the new Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community (but is open to all students, regardless of Honors status.

Program participants will attend class for 2-4 hours/day, and will have plenty of time to explore the campus and region on their own. Afternoons, evenings, and weekends are a great time to visit the world-class Recreation Center, walk into downtown Amherst (consistently ranked as one of the country’s premier college towns), or do some homework at the W.E.B. DuBois Library. Courses and free time will be supplemented by an exciting and expansive array of co-curricular activities. Events might include: guest lectures from distinguished faculty and staff; outdoor adventure-based community building; panel discussions with undergraduate and graduate students; presentations from the Student Government Association (SGA) and various Registered Student Organizations (RSOs) about campus life and employment opportunities; visits to local museums; and a field trip to New York City.

Unfortunately, the Jump! program will not be running in the Summer 2017. If you are a high school student, please check out our Pre-College Programs, and if you are joining the UMass Class of 2021, consider the “Power Up for College Success" workshop.


  • "For me, it was about being comfortable on campus. I come from a high school of 1200 students, and I was worried about getting lost in the numbers at UMass. But Jump! showed me that you can find a community that you can learn with and grow from, and this helped me find the balance between doing work and having fun. Jump! helped me get used to creating that balance without too much pressure, and it felt very natural by the time I got to school in the fall."
    Naaz Sheikh
    Jump! Participant 
  • "Thanks to Jump! I first got involved in the Stonewall Center and knew about a lot of on-campus resources, like the LRC (Learning Resource Center) in the Du Bois Library. I found out about the Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies major from the Faculty Chat with [Associate Dean of CHC and Professor] Dr. Alexandrina Deschamps, and I'm now pursuing a dual major in Public Health and WGSS"

    Maddie Stump  

    Jump! Participant 
  • "Coming into college with friends already is a great confidence booster! You're not forced to be like 'oh I have to be friends with everybody on my floor' because that's what a lot of people feel like they have to do in college. But when you have a group of friends already, you feel a lot less nervous."

    Nick Pontes
    Jump! Participant 


UMass Summer Programs

140 Hicks Way

408 Goodell Hall

Amherst, MA 01003

Phone: 413-577-2112