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*Application deadline: March 24, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.*

Get a JUMP start on your college experience!

Jump scholars participate in a three-week success camp before fall classes begin their freshman year. The program is specially designed to give incoming first year students the time and support they need to adjust to campus life before the start of the fall semester.

Students live in their freshman residence hall, enroll in one intensive three-week academic course, and participate in weekly success presentations and community-building programs. Success workshops are held throughout the program to teach students the academic skills they'll need to succeed in college.  


Benefits of Being a Jump Scholar

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  • Move to campus three weeks early with no additional housing fee!
  • Take your first full-credit class in just three weeks. The class counts as part of your fall schedule, so you can either get one class ahead or use your 3-credit JUMP course to lighten your course load your first semester.
  • JUMP is an intensive program, so you'll get to know your classmates, your professor, and Student Success Center staff before the incoming class even arrives on campus.
  • Success presentations and workshops will help you transition from the high school to the increased demands of college life. You'll learn study skills, time management techniques, and what student-friendly resources are available at Southern Miss.
  • Two competitive scholarships (renewable for all four years) are exclusively available to Jump Scholars.


Who is eligible to apply to be a Jump Scholar?

All first-year students coming to Southern Miss in the fall are eligible to apply. You'll need two references who can speak to your character and motivation. These individuals should be adults who know you well, perhaps through school or organizations to which you belong, and cannot be family members, family friends, or friends.

Application deadline: March 24, 2024 at 11:59 p.m.

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Jump Courses

Any course offerings will satisfy a requirement in the general education curriculum (GEC).


Frequently Asked Questions

Fall 2024 tuition and housing are covered during the August 2024 intersession period for Jump Scholars only. Additional costs for the program will include a $60 intersession course fee, fall textbook costs and personal expenses. Some of the charges can be charged to the student account and paid along with the fall 2024 balance.

The program is included in the full 2024-2025 academic year so any existing scholarships you have will go toward covering semester costs!

If you have dual enrollment for each of the classes offered, the Jump program might not be the best fit. Participants are required to select one of the three Jump courses offered during the intersession period (MAT 101, PSY 110, or SOC 101). Should you wish to take one class over, that is something you should discuss with an academic advisor.

Jump scholars will move into their fall housing assignments prior to the program starting!

Questions about your housing arrangements should be directed to Housing and Residence Life.

The Jump scholars program will start approximately 3 weeks before the start of the fall semester.  Specific dates for move-in and the first day of classes will be announced as they are solidified. You can anticipate moving to campus in late July or early August depending on the start of intersession courses.

The intersession period is a three-week academic session before the beginning of each full term semester. Intersession classes are included in a student's total enrollment for the upcoming. For example, a student who is enrolled in 18 semester hours in the fall could take a three-credit-hour intersession course before the fall and only have 15 hours of classes during the full 16-week semester.

Yes. Our Jump Scholars are required to live in on-campus housing for the 2024-25 academic year.

Yes! Jump Scholars are able to reside in any first year residence hall on campus, and may select their preferred roommate even if they are not a Jump Scholar as well.

*If your preferred roommate is not a Jump Scholar, they will need to move in on the official move in date assigned by Housing and Residence Life.*

Questions about your housing arrangements should be directed to Housing and Residence Life.


Exclusive scholarship opportunities for Jump Scholars

Jump Scholars are eligible for two Jump-specific scholarships. To be considered for these opportunities, participants must have a current GO Scholarship general application submitted.

  • The Powell Scholarship is a $1500 annual award, renewable up to 4 years, that Jump Scholars in good academic standing who have demonstrated financial need can apply for.
  • The Moorman STEM Jump Scholarship is a $2500 annual award, renewable up to 4 years, that Jump Scholars in good academic standing with financial need who are majoring in Science, Technology, Engineering, or Mathematics can apply for.

Recipients participate in additional success programming during their freshman year with The Center for Student Success


Jump Ambassadors

Our ambassadors are former Jump Scholars who provide mentoring and support to our newest scholars.

2024 Jump Ambassadors will be announced during the spring semester!



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Cook Library Room 138

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