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Power Up Overview

What is Power Up?

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.


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
12:00-1:30PM: Lunch
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

10:45-12:00: Workshops*
12:00-1:15: Lunch
1:30-3:00: Workshops*

*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

College Success Workshop

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.