A four-week academic summer program for incoming first-year students
July 29 - August 29, 2018

"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 2018 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
    • Attend NSO & get tips on classes and housing from current UMass students
    • Learn about campus resources, meet faculty and representatives from student organizations
    • Make new friends and enjoy fun co-curriculars throughout the Amherst area

    For more information or to register, fill out the form below

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    Program Details

    Program Dates 
    July 29 – August 29, 2018

    Registration Deadline: July 1, 2018, or until full

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

    All incoming first-year undergraduates who have been accepted to UMass Amherst for Fall 2018 are welcome to register.
    UMass Jump! students stay in a freshman residence hall 


    3 meals per day from UMass Dining, ranked #1 in the U.S. for campus food!

    What's Included
    • Tuition & registration fees (with 4 graded credits)
    • Housing & full meal plan
    • Activities

    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, Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren.

    Course listing coming soon.


    UMass Jump! classes run from 9am – 12:00pm 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: Class
    12pm – 1pm: Lunch
    1:30 - 3:30 - study sessions and academic support for classes
    3:30 -5:30-free time
    5:30 - 7pm - dinner
    7pm and later: more time to do work for class, 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 an exciting 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 and various Registered Student Organizations about campus life and employment opportunities
    · visits to local museums such as Mass MoCA
    · field trips to destinations such as New York City