Power Up Overview
When you enroll in Power Up, you’ll move in two days early and get familiar with the UMass campus. You’ll attend a College Success workshop and strategize how to best plan and manage your education. You’ll be grounded in an awareness of the campus and its resources, and you’ll begin building your confidence, your independence, and your sense of responsibility.
After participating in the program, you’ll be armed with good academic habits, you’ll be empowered to make smart choices, and you’ll have a core group of friends.
UMass Amherst can be an intimidating place. Take a look at the campus map - it seems the size of a small city. But you will move into your permanent dorm room two days before the rest of your freshman class gets here and completely miss the stress of move-in day. You’ll learn your way around campus so that when school begins, you’ll know where your classes are, where to get your books, and where to find various campus resources. By the time the semester starts, the city that is UMass will be familiar to you and you will know your place within it!
At Power Up, students begin making friends the very first night. Classes are small (20-25 students) and you’ll stay with the same class throughout the program. You will develop a network of friends to hang out with. You will talk to current undergrads about their experience at UMass, and you will get all your questions answered. If you feel nervous about starting college and fear that you may feel isolated or lonely, participating in Power Up will give you plenty of time to make lasting friendships so you will begin your freshman year with confidence and connections.
Managing your education can be a challenge. Arm yourself with skills to increase your efficiency and aptitude. Learn how to stay on track and adapt to a heavier workload. Your Power Up classes will cover such critical topics as time management, effective note taking, studying and test-taking skills, learning styles, using social media smartly, making the most of the campus technology, finding the right extracurricular organizations and activities for you, and many others.
The College Success Workshop will also get you started on developing an educational plan. You’ll receive hands-on training to help set your course for academic success. Learn to develop relationships and dialogue with your professors, mentors and TA’s. Learn how to best take advantage of advising centers, peer advising groups, and the support you’ll find in the residence halls. Find out how, why, when and where to seek out service learning opportunities, community service work and internships. Develop habits that will be useful throughout your time at UMass and that will also prove useful in the professional world.
All times listed below or subject to change until confirmed. Official move-in time will be communicated to students by email and will be posted on the Power Up webpage.
Wednesday August 25: Meet and Greet
6:30 PM: Student Program Registration
7:00 PM: Power Up Welcome; Get to know your fellow classmates and instructor.
Thursday August 26: All About Academics
9:30-11:45 AM : Q&A and Get Ready for Success
1:30-2:45PM: Learn about College Requirements, Gen Ed Courses, Honors Courses, Independent Study
2:45-3:30PM: IT, technology, and learning management systems
3:30-4:00PM: Trivia Contest. How well do you know UMass?
Friday August 27 College Success Workshop
9:00-9:45AM Plenary Address
“How to Thrive at UMass”
10:00-10:30AM Power Up Reception
Network with Instructors, Directors, upperclassmen and fellow students
*Study Abroad & Domestic Exchange
*Internships, Community Service Learning & Career Services
*Financial Aid & Scholarships
*UMass: It’s now Your Community Diversity - What does it mean? How do you fit in?
*Physical & Mental Health & Safety
The College Success Workshop, held on the final day of Power Up, will help you and your peers develop a sound educational plan.
Work with your classmates to interact & strategize on how to successfully navigate your freshman year and start planning a meaningful and successful college experience.
We will overview the technologies prevalent on campus. You’ll learn about online & blended instruction, how to communicate effectively with your professors, how to best present yourself on social media & how to best communicate a positive student image.
We’ll talk about the opportunities on and off campus that will help you grow as an individual. You’ll discover how the perfect internship can support your career ambitions. You’ll explore the possibilities of independent study, study abroad programs, domestic exchange programs, and community service programs to deepen your learning experience.
We’ll give you advice on finding the right extracurricular activities in the Pioneer Valley and surrounding communities (student clubs, intramurals, concerts, festivals, and other events).
You’ll finish up the College Success Workshop learning about methods and practices to promote physical & emotional health & wellness. From where and how to find academic support, to nutritious eating & managing stress, we’ll give you guidance to keep you on track, and connected to resources that will help you enjoy a successful college experience.
Power Up begins at 7 pm on August 25. Power Up students will participate in early move-in, as we get closer to August, we will inform you of your move-in time to your assigned dormitory for the academic year.
Power Up concludes the evening of August 27, with new student orientation beginning August 28.
Power Up allows students to move in two days early, before the majority of new students, which enables you to get settled into your dorm before orientation, earn one college credit, and get a head start on becoming familiar with campus in a smaller group setting. Please note that Power Up is an additional cost.
NSO is the traditional orientation for first year and transfer students and is included in the cost of your academic year fees. All new students are strongly advised to participate in NSO as some of the activities and paperwork you complete during NSO are required in order to begin the academic year. You can learn more about fall 2021 orientation here: https://www.umass.edu/newstudent/welcome-first-year-students
The cost of Power Up is $697. This includes the one-credit college success seminar, early move-in fee, meals, and materials.
The deadline to register for Power Up is August 11, 2021
Students may withdraw from Power Up until August 24, 2021. However, due to limited space, we ask that students notify us as soon as possible if withdrawing is necessary.
If you have looked through the program links and still have questions, we encourage you to email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. The summer programs staff monitors this email throughout the day, and we will do our best to respond to you in 24 hours of less. The director of summer programs, Sarah Craig, can also be reached at email@example.com
We take care of it for you! As soon as you register for the program and pay your Power Up fees, we begin working with residential life to coordinate your arrival time on August 25. You will be notified about arrival time and move-in procedures in mid-August.
Yes! Pell eligible students can request financial aid, which is limited, and offered on a first come, first served basis. The typical aid amount is 50% of the Power Up fee. Please contact Sarah Craig, director of summer programs, about financial assistance: firstname.lastname@example.org