Jump START Frequently Asked Questions

I want to participate in Jump START. How do I enroll in the program?

  • You must apply for the summer term. If you applied for, and were denied admission for the fall semester, you will not be required to pay an additional application fee. You can apply at missouristate.edu/apply – If you applied for the fall semester, you can use the login and PIN you created when you first applied.
  • Wait for a letter from Admissions congratulating you on your acceptance for summer 2015. Included will be  an agreement form for you to sign and return. Once we receive your signed form, you will be admitted to the Jump START Program (based on availability, as the program is limited to seventy-five participants).

What if I want to live on campus in the summer?

We welcome you to live on campus!  Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services will begin sending information about summer options for living on-campus in April. On-campus living is recommended, but not required for summer.

How much does it cost to participate in Jump START?

Students will be responsible for normal tuition, student services fees, and room and board. There are no additional fees for participating in Jump START.

  • Approximate cost:Tuition and fees for 7 or 8 credit hours will be approximately $1640 to $1844.
  • Room and Board is $2,438.00. This includes $1757 for double occupancy room, $536 for 19 meals per week or $508 for 12 meals per week, plus $145 in required Boomer Meals.
  • Textbooks costs vary but may be as much as $400.

Details are available at www.missouristate.edu/costs

Is financial aid available in the summer?

Yes. Financial aid is available to qualified students. To be considered for aid for the summer session, you must complete the 2014-15 FAFSA. MSU considers the summer 2015 session to be part of the 2014-15 academic year. To be considered for aid for the fall 2015 and spring 2016 semesters, please also complete a 2015-16 FAFSA (available beginning in January 2015). You can access the FAFSA online at www.fafsa.ed.gov.

Please direct all financial aid questions to the Office of Student Financial Aid at 417-836-5262 or 800-283-4243. Their website is missouristate.edu/FinancialAid/

Will I receive college credit for the classes I take in the summer?

Yes.  You will be taking regular MSU courses. However, students who place into ENG 100 (a preparatory step for ENG 110, a general education requirement) based on English ACT sub scores will receive credit hours for the course, but those hours will not count toward graduation requirements.  The English Department requires all students with an English ACT sub score below 19 to take ENG 100, a course that provides a beneficial foundation for further writing intensive classes.

Are summer classes different from classes taught during the fall and spring semesters?

The only difference is that the summer semester is half as long as a regular semester, so courses meet twice as often.  Therefore, enrollment in six hours is considered full-time in the summer (12 or more hours is considered full-time for the fall and spring).  The content, however, is the same.  Also, during the summer, you will attend classes Monday through Thursday only. 

If I attend Jump START, am I automatically admitted for fall?

Yes, conditionally. We assume you will be successful in completing the requirements (see below) in the summer to continue conditional enrollment in the fall. During the summer you will need to schedule an advising appointment with your academic advisor to enroll in fall classes. However, if you do not pass your classes and achieve a minimum 2.5 GPA in the summer, your fall enrollment will be cancelled.

What are the requirements that I must meet?

During the summer semester:

  1. You must register for and attend summer school Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration (SOAR) on June 5, 2015.
  2. Attend the summer school session June 8 to July 31, 2015.
  3. Complete 6-8 credit hours of rigorous course work such as math, English, and GEP 101 (First Year Foundations). You will be pre-enrolled in your classes.
  4. Take part in special activities provided.
  5. Be officially "Exploratory/Undeclared" but work with your academic advisor to explore majors and plan fall classes.
  6. Spend a minimum of five hours per week in the Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing).
  7. Pass all classes and achieve a minimum 2.5 G.P.A. in order to continue enrollment in fall 2015.
  8. Comply with the University Code of Student Conduct

During the fall semester:

  1. Continue Individual Review status.
  2. Be officially an “Undeclared/Exploratory” major, but work closely with your academic advisor to explore majors or choose appropriate courses for the major/s you are considering.
  3. Enroll in and successfully complete 12 or 13 credit hours including IDS 118 (Enhancing Learning Techniques for College Life)
  4. Spend a minimum of 5 hours per week in the Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing).
  5. Achieve a cumulative Missouri State University Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher to continue enrollment in Spring 2016.

When will I register for my classes and participate in orientation?

You must register to attend summer school Student Orientation, Advisement and Registration (SOAR) taking place June 5, 2015. Registration for SOAR begins in mid-April. You will be pre-enrolled in your classes based upon your ACT sub scores and receive your class schedule at SOAR.

Are there other events I am required to attend?

Yes. There will be a Jump START Kick-off event Saturday afternoon, June 6. This event will provide an opportunity to
meet other participants and acclimate to the campus.

A second required event in late June is a Cultural Mixer where Jump START students meet International students from around the world. You will experience the University’s Public Affairs Mission during an evening of fun, food and conversation. Please plan to attend both of these required special events.

What if I decide NOT to participate in Jump START after I have already submitted my agreement form?

You must call 417-836-5258 or email Susan Martindale, SusanMartindale@MissouriState.edu, as soon as possible to let her know that you have changed your plans, so that students on the waitlist may have the opportunity to participate. Please note, if you cancel participation in Jump START, you are not eligible to attend MSU.

Are on-campus overnight accommodations available? Can I move into my residence hall during SOAR?

If you have signed a housing contract, you may move into your residence hall room on Friday after SOAR. If you submit a housing contract and decide not to live in the residence halls and/or decided not to attend MSU, please notify Residence Life, Housing and Dining Services at 417-836-5536 or toll-free at 800-284-7535.

Unfortunately, we are unable to provide on-campus accommodations for family members attending one-day SOAR programs. For overnight accommodations, we encourage you to visit the Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau website or call 800-678-8767 to request a list of area hotels. Unfortunately, we cannot make recommendations concerning Springfield hotels.

Will there be other students on campus during the summer session?

Absolutely!  This past summer, we had over 4,500 students taking courses on campus. We offer a full range of programs and services during the summer, including the Meyer Library (www.library.missouristate.edu), Taylor Health Center (www.health.missouristate.edu), the Foster Recreation Center (www.missouristate.edu/reccenter), and much more.  Summer is a great time to be on the MSU campus!

Whom do I contact if I have more questions?

Susan Martindale
Director, Jump START Program
Office: 417-836-5258
Fax: 417-836-6372

Mailing Address:

Missouri State University
Academic Advisement Center
University Hall 109
901 S. National Avenue
Springfield, MO 65897