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High school students can get a ‘Jump Start’ on college

New summer program allows them to experience university life firsthand and receive college credit

02/27/03

When high school students visit the campus this summer, the University isn’t telling them a thing about college life—it’s showing them. Through a new program called Jump Start, high school sophomores and juniors are being given the chance to experience college life firsthand by taking courses in one of four academic concentrations: pre-law, pre-med, international business, or computer science and information systems. The program runs June 14-28, with those finishing the program earning three college credits that can be applied at any university. Classroom and group work are complemented by visits to local businesses and organizations relevant to each course. And Jump Start participants live in a residence hall on campus for the two weeks, eating in the University’s dining hall and having full access to all the recreational, educational and social amenities available to University students. The Jump Start program also offers opportunities for community service, college readiness activities and field trips to local attractions. Applications received by Saturday, March 1, receive priority consideration. Applications are accepted online. The program costs $2,350 and includes tuition, all meals, double room accommodations, required books and materials and all planned field trips. For more information, visit the Jump Start web site at or contact Lori Wright at 513 745-2976.