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Xavier educates high school students in college setting

Jump Start program exposes students to pre-med, criminal justice and pre-law

06/16/04

During two weeks in June, 24 high school students got a taste of the college life. Xavier hosted its annual Jump Start college experience program for high school students who want to earn college credit and class experience. Upon completion, students received three college credits from Xavier, which may be applied toward any university.

Students from area schools, as well as schools in Colorado, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, New Jersey, New York, Texas and Wisconsin, arrived on campus on Saturday, June 12.

Students enrolled in one of three main study courses: criminal justice/forensic science, pre-law or pre-medicine. During the week, they participated in classes, field trips, labs and class projects from 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. In the evening, students received information on college orientation and application procedures.

This is the second year for the program at Xavier. Of the 24 students in attendance—up from 13 last year—17 are female and seven are male, an increase of just one male from last year.

Beverly Bobbitt, assistant director of residence life, credits the high female-to-male ratio to “women deciding what they want early on and getting a jump on college while guys tend to spend their money on athletic camps and not academics.”

Pre-med is the most popular concentration, followed by criminal justice and then pre-law. Pre-med students participate in dissections to better understand animal and human nervous systems and underlying physical and chemical properties.

Criminal justice/forensic science students are exposed to a crime scene, the crime-lab process and the proper collection of evidence. Pre-Law students witness a trial, visit a local law school and speak with a director of admissions, as well as discuss the practice of law with both new associates and established partners.

Along with college-level classes, the high school students experienced college life by living in an on-campus residence hall, eating in the campus dining hall and having full access to all recreational, educational and social amenities that Xavier offers its regular undergraduates.

The Jump Start program is open to all students who have completed either their sophomore or junior year of high school and maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.0 or above.

The fee for Jump Start 2004 was $2,400, which covers the cost of tuition, double-room housing, all meals, books, materials and field-trip fees for the program.