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.
"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."