A four-week academic summer program for incoming first-year students
July 28 - August 27, 2019

"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
UMass Jump! 

If you plan to attend UMass Amherst in fall of 2019 as a first-year student, we invite you to get a Jump! on your college career this summer.

UMass Jump! is a 4-week program designed to give you a head start on your credits (and social life) while getting to know the UMass Amherst campus and the surrounding Pioneer Valley.
    UMass Jump! participants will:
    • Earn 4 credits toward graduation by taking a general education requirement class
    • Learn about campus resources, meet faculty and representatives from student organizations
    • Make new friends and enjoy fun co-curriculars throughout the Amherst area

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    Program Details
    Daily Life

    Program Details

    Program Dates 
    July 28 – August 27, 2019

    Registration Deadline
    July 1, 2019, or until full

    All incoming first-year undergraduates who have been accepted to UMass Amherst for Fall 2019 are welcome to register.

    For International Students
    Accepted international students are invited to register for Jump! For non-native English speakers: A 1-credit academic English course is required in addition to the 4-credit general education course.
    Modern, fully air-conditioned double room in the Commonwealth Honors College Residential Community


    3 Meals/day provided by UMass Dining, the nation's No. 1 campus food provider

    Program Fees
    $4,500* (price includes tuition, room, board and activities). Please note this does not include textbooks for classes.

    *Non-native English speakers: A $450 supplement is required for a 1-credit Academic English course
    *The common read weekly discussion may be taken as a 1-credit course for an additional $402. This option is available on the Jump! registration form.

    academic content

    UMass Jump! students will take one general education requirement course worth 4 credits while on campus. Student will also participate in a weekly discussion group about the Common Read.
    The options for 4-credit general education courses for 2019 are TBD. Please see sample course options from 2018: 
    Black History: AfroAm 133 - (GenED HDSU)Ancient Civilizations: Anthropology 150 (GenEd HSDG) Fall 2018Education and Film: Educ167 (GenEd SB)Ideas That Change the World: Honors 201H (GenEd IDU)Hunger in the Global Economy: Resource Economics 121:  (GenEd SBDG) Social Problems: Sociology 103 (GenED SBDU)
    Academic English for University Success

    Required for international students whose first language is not English. This special topics course is designed to support the development of Academic English as students begin their university experience. The course employs task-based learning, whereby students practice tasks that incorporate speaking for university success, academic vocabulary, strategies for reading university level materials, and writing related to academic interests. The course also introduces American academic culture to help students transition smoothly into a successful freshman year.

    Academic English for University Success: ESL 197 – 1 credit


    UMass Jump! classes run from 9am – 12pm Monday – Friday, with plenty of free time built in for homework and enjoying summer in the Pioneer Valley. A typical day might look like this:

    9am – 12pm: Gen Ed Class
    12pm – 1pm: Lunch
    1 – 3:30pm: Common Read Seminar (one session per week)
    3:30 – 5:30pm: free time
    5:30 – 7pm: dinner
    7pm and later: study sessions and academic support for classes, evening lectures, group activities

    Afternoons are a great time to visit the world-class Rec Center, walk into downtown Amherst (consistently ranked as one of the country’s premier college towns), or work on homework at the W.E.B. DuBois Library. We will also be utilizing our beautiful location in the Pioneer Valley to plan trips for some of these sunny afternoons.


    Courses and free time will be supplemented by exciting co-curricular activities.

    Events might include:

    • guest lectures from distinguished faculty and staff
    • outdoor adventure-based community building
    • presentations from the Student Government Association and various Registered Student Organizations about campus life and employment opportunities
    • panel discussions with undergraduate and graduate students
    • visits to local museums such as Mass MoCA
    • field trips to destinations such as Boston and Six Flags New England