Power Up for College Success

Power Up for College Success 2020

An online intensive program to prepare entering first-year students for success at UMass

August 19, 20 & 21

Power Up for College Success is a 3-day, single credit online course for entering first-year students. We will help you begin your college years with confidence, and increase the likelihood of your having a successful tenure at UMass. At Power Up, you will learn how to make the best of your time at UMass Amherst, including effective strategies for meeting and engaging with fellow students and professors during this time of social distancing.

Whether you come to campus this fall or study remotely, Power Up will help you make friends and connections with other entering first-year students. Your instructor will emphasize key study skills you need to succeed in a virtual classroom like effective note-taking, online engagement, and optimum time management in the virtual world. You will receive information about the many resources at UMass to help you during your first year and in successive years as you pursue your degree. 

Each Power Up class will be limited to 20 students. Throughout the program, we will offer synchronous interactive presentations to get you started on developing an educational plan. You will learn how to develop positive relationships with your professors, mentors, and TA’s. You will acquire strategies to best take advantage of advising centers and peer advising groups. You will discover how, why, and when to seek professional internships, service-learning opportunities, and community service projects.  You will develop habits that will be useful throughout your time at UMass and as you go forward in the professional world.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What are the benefits of participating in Power Up?
Power Up will allow you to make friends and connections in virtual and social distancing settings, hone effective study skills for college-level courses, discover key resources at UMass Amherst, and begin to envision what you may achieve at UMass. When you complete Power Up, you will earn one credit that is applicable to any major at UMass.

Will Power Up be affected by COVID-19?
Power Up will be conducted remotely using both synchronous and asynchronous activities so that students on or off campus can participate. You will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with online learning, get an overview of the technologies used at the University, and become part of the UMass community while receiving individual instructor attention. 

Who can participate in Power Up?
Power Up is open to entering first-year students and transfer students enrolled at UMass Amherst in fall 2020. 

How much does it cost to participate in Power Up? 
Tuition for Power Up is $490 ($443 + a non-refundable $47 registration fee).  A limited number of full scholarships are available by application for students who have financial need as verified by the financial aid office. 

Do I need to live on campus to participate in Power Up? You do not need to live on campus to participate in Power Up. Power Up is offered online with a blend of synchronous and asynchronous course content. The synchronous, or “real-time,” classes will be scheduled with US time zones in mind, so classes will be convenient to attend for all students.

How do I register for Power Up? 
To register for Power Up, complete the online registration request. Your registration will be confirmed within three business days. 

How will the program address students who reside in varying time zones?
Live Zoom classes will be scheduled in the late morning and early afternoon, Eastern U.S. Time, to allow as many students as possible to attend. We will also record all Zoom sessions for later viewing for students who are not able, because of time zones or other conflicts, to attend the meetings live.

Will my Power Up credit transfer to my academic record?
Yes. Your Power Up credit will automatically transfer to your official academic record and the credit is applicable to any major. 

Still have questions? 

Please email powerup@umass.edu or call and leave a message on 413-545-7200 and we will return your call as soon as possible.

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