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 at apply now! 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 2018 which 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.

Cost estimate:
Tuition and fees for 7 credit hours will be approximately $1712 for in-state and $3448 for out of state students. Room and Board is approximately $1,864.15 for double occupancy and a 19 meal-per-week plan with the lowest cost Boomer meal plan. Textbooks will be an additional cost. These are estimates. Please check details on the Tuition, Costs and Fees page.

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 2017-18 FAFSA. MSU considers the summer 2018 session to be part of the 2017-18 academic year. To be considered for aid for the fall 2018 and spring 2019 semesters, please also complete a 2018-19 FAFSA. 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. 

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.

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

In order to be enrolled in the fall semester you must successfully complete all requirements of the Jump START program (see below). During the summer you will need to schedule an advising appointment with your academic advisor to enroll in fall classes. However, if you fail to satisfy the requirements of the Jump START program you will not be enrolled for the fall.

What are the requirements that I must meet?

  1. Register for and attend the Friday, June 8, 2018 Student Orientation, Advisement, and Registration (SOAR) session. SOAR registration open in early April.
  2. Attend the Jump START session June 11-Aug.3.
  3. During the Jump START session complete seven (7) credit hours of rigorous course work such as math, English, and IDS 118: Enhancing Learning Techniques of College Life. You will be pre-enrolled in your classes.
  4. Participate in all scheduled activities of the Jump START program.
  5. Spend a minimum of five (5) hours per week in the Bear CLAW (Center for Learning and Writing).
  6. Pass all classes with a minimum of a 2.50 G.P.A.
  7. Be officially “Exploratory/Undeclared but work with your advisor to explore majors and plan classes.
  8. Comply with all policies of the University, including the University’s Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities, Academic Integrity Policies and Procedures, and the Guide for Residence Hall Living. Your conduct record will be reviewed and considered for future enrollment at the University. An academic integrity or student conduct violation may also result in dismissal from the Jump START Program.

If I do not meet the Jump START requirements at the end of the program, will I have an opportunity to appeal?

Yes, students who do not meet the requirements of the Jump Start program will be notified, and given an opportunity to appeal this decision.  Failure to meet the academic requirements of the Jump Start program will be reviewed by Dr. Tracey Glaessgen, Assistant Director, First-Year Programs. Failure to meet the conduct requirements will be reviewed by Dr. Thomas Lane, Dean of Students. 

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 8, 2018. 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 mandatory Jump START Kick-off event Saturday afternoon, June 9. This event will provide an opportunity to meet other participants and acclimate to the campus. Please plan to attend. There will also be activities designed to introduce you to University resources and assist in your adjustment to the college environment.

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, June 8, 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! We offer a full range of programs and services during the summer, including the Meyer Library, Magers Health and Wellness Center, the Foster Recreation Center and much more. Summer is a great time to be on the MSU campus!

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

Please call 417-836-5258 or email Ms. 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.

Whom do I contact if I have more questions?

Ms. 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