Jump START Frequently Asked Questions

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

  • You must apply for the MSU 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 online – 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 2016. It will include 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.

Tuition and fees for 8 credit hours will be approximately:

  • $1857 for in-state and $3689 for out-of–state students.
  • Room and Board is approximately $1,761 for double occupancy and $2,232 for a single occupancy room and a 19 meal-per-week plan with the lowest cost Boomer meal plan.
  • Textbooks will be an additional $300-$500.

These are estimates. Please check the details of our tuition, costs, and fees.

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 2015-16 FAFSA. MSU considers the summer 2016 session to be part of the 2015-16 academic year. To be considered for aid for the fall 2016 and spring 2017 semesters, please also complete a 2016-17 FAFSA (available beginning in January 2016). 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.

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. This course 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 course content, however, is the same. Also, during the summer, you will attend classes Monday through Thursday only. We encourage students to remain on campus during the weekends to connect with the University and with Springfield.

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?

  1. You must register for and attend summer school Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR) on June 3, 2016.
  2. Attend the summer school session June 6-July 29.
  3. Complete 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" to 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 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 3, 2016. 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 4. 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. Plan to attend both of these required special events. There will be mandatory weekly workshops designed introduce you to University and community resources and assist in your adjustment to the college environment.

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 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 decide 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, the University 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, Taylor Health Center, Foster Recreation Center, 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