Jump In Program Structure:
College Success Seminar (1 credit): You will be registered in a small (~25 students) section with a dedicated instructor, and provided opportunities for interaction with your instructor and fellow students via Zoom and other teleconferencing tools. This course is designed to give you tools for building a strong foundation for academic and personal success as a college student.
Major/Gen-Ed Course (3 or 4 credits): Depending on your major, you will register for either an introductory class in your major or a General Education class. In either case, the class will fulfill a requirement for your course of study. These courses, which will automatically transfer to your academic record, allow you to jump in on an early start to your college career.
CS 121 - Introduction to Problem Solving with Computers (Course dates: June 29 - August 28)
CS 187 - Programming with Data Structures (Course dates: June 29 - August 28)
ECE 122 - Introduction to Programming for ECE (Course dates: July 6 - August 14)
OIM 210 - Introduction to Business Information Systems (Course dates: July 6 - August 28)
Jump In FAQs
What are the benefits of participating in the Jump In program?
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, it is possible that for international students who are not already in the United States, entry into the United States will be delayed. Those students can still begin their studies by starting all their classes online. Students who participate in Jump In will have an opportunity to get a jump on the fall semester and at the same time get comfortable with online learning at UMass Amherst. You will also get to form early relationships with faculty, advisors and classmates, so when the semester begins, you will feel prepared to learn from afar while still being part of the UMass Amherst community.
Jump In students will take an academic success seminar which will count as the required First-Year Seminar (FYS) and this course will teach you how to be a successful student in an American university classroom.
Class sizes for Jump In are limited; you will benefit from individualized attention in both your 3-4 credit course as well as the College Success Seminar.
If you would like to take more than 4 or 5 credits this summer, feel free to discuss with Sarah Craig, director of summer programs. She can be reached at: email@example.com
How does participating in the Jump In program impact my visa eligibility?
Remote instruction (i.e. online/virtual) methods are now permissible under current F-1 or J-1 immigration status. Taking online courses this summer does not jeopardize an international student’s application for F-1 or J-1 visas. This has been confirmed in a recent memo from the U.S. immigration service.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, international students with current F-1 or J-1 visas can take online courses without fear of penalty. Students who are already in the United States on current F-1 or J-1 visas may also take online courses due to campus closures. The Jump In program is allowable for students on the aforementioned visa programs. Please contact the office of summer programs if you have questions or concerns about participating in the Jump In program.
Will Jump In be affected by COVID-19?
Jump In will be conducted remotely in order to keep you and the campus community safe this summer.
COVID-19 led our team to redesign Jump In and UMass Amherst has adjusted this program to better serve our students during this period of uncertainty. We want to provide our students with every advantage to be successful in their studies. By beginning your semester early with Jump In, you will have the opportunity to familiarize yourself with online learning and the UMass community while receiving individual attention.
Who can participate in Jump In?
Jump In is open to all undergraduate students who plan to enroll at UMass Amherst in fall 2020. If you are uncertain about whether you will be able to physically join us in Amherst in September 2020, or if you are an incoming first-year student new to online learning and want to familiarize yourself with this learning platform while forming relationships with faculty, advisors and classmates before the semester begins, then Jump In is for you!
How much does it cost to participate in Jump In
The cost ranges from $1,598 to $2,000 depending on your course selection; the program includes a 1-credit College Success Seminar and one 3-4-credit class that will fulfill a General Education requirement or a requirement for your major. If you take a laboratory course, there may be an additional laboratory fee (approximately $60).
Is housing available for the summer?
You do not need on-campus housing to participate; the Jump In program is online with a mixture of synchronous and asynchronous course content. The synchronous, or “real-time” classes will be scheduled with international time zones in mind, so there will not be classes in the middle of the night.
How do I register for Summer Jump In?
Registration for Jump In is now open! Admitted students can indicate interest in the program here: www.umass.edu/summer/jumpinquiry.
Can I participate in courses with a lab component?
Yes! Courses with a lab component are prepared to ship lab kits to course participants overseas. We will have more information on lab kits in May, but don’t worry, you will have all course materials required to be successful in your course. There may be an additional lab fee (approximately $60) associated with laboratory courses.
How will the program address students residing in varying time zones?
When classes are conducted in real-time, they will be scheduled so that no student is taking a course past 10 pm or before 8 am in their time zone.
Is the Jump In program fee part of my fall tuition?
No. The Jump In program is a summer activity and therefore has a separate tuition from the regular academic year. However, the Jump In tuition charge is the minimum per credit charge the university is allowed to offer to students, whether in-state or not.
Will my credits transfer to my academic record?
Yes! All courses taken during Jump In will automatically transfer to your official academic record and fulfill university academic requirements.
Can I select a course that I am scheduled to take as part of a RAP?
Please be aware that the following courses are part of RAPs for Fall 2020, and you cannot take the course for both summer and fall – you will need to make a choice. If you enroll in the summer section of the course you will be removed from the RAP.
- Food Science 150 (Science & Culture RAP – Kennedy Hall/Southwest Residential Area)
- Economics 103 (ISOM Fellows RAPs)
- Economics 104 (Partners in Education RAP)
- Resource Economics 121 (Cultural Explorations RAP – Wheeler Hall/Central Residential Area)
- Sociology 103 (Exploring Society RAP – Emerson Hall/ Southwest Residential Area)
I applied to one major, but got accepted to my second choice major, or the exploratory track. If I participate in Jump In, can I transfer to my first choice of major?
That is a question you will have to discuss with your advisor. UMass Amherst has a number of highly competitive majors and it is not always possible to transfer into your first choice major. You can begin this discussion during New Student Orientation (NSO), which is scheduled to be conducted online during June 2020.
I still have a lot of questions. Who can I ask?
Please contact Sarah Craig, director of summer programs. Her email is: firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be delighted to hear from you.