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JumpStart

JumpStart is a way for freshmen and transfer students to connect and transition well into college life.

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2024 Schedule

August 26-29, 2024

Saturday:

8:00 am – 1:00 pm Move-In for First-Year Students | Residence Halls
9:00 am – 3:00 pm Campus Partner offices open | Perry Center Lobby
(Registrar, Housing, Academic Support, Accessibility and Disability Resources, Health Services, Information Technology, Student Employment, Student Financial Services, Alumni Relations, and Parent & Family Network)
11:00 am –1:00 pm Lunch | Ludwig Center
1:00 pm First Generation Student Gathering | Perry Center Lower Level
2:00 pm Students of Color Gathering | CSS Lawn
3:30 pm Welcome to Olivet | Chalfant Hall
4:30 pm Dinner for First-Year Students | Ludwig Center Dining Room
and families

Sunday:

9:00 am Parent/Supporter Session | Kresge Auditorium
10:30 am Family Worship Service | Chalfant Hall
12:00 pm Lunch (On Your Own)
2:30 pm Parents/Supporters Depart
3:00 pm First-Year Student Photo | Ward Field
3:30 pm Community Expectations for all First-Year Students | Chalfant
4:30 pm Dinner with JumpStart Group | Ludwig
6:00 pm Residence Hall Floor Gatherings for First-Year Students | Various Locations
7:30 pm Night of Worship | Warming House
8:30 pm Party at REC CITY | Perry Center

Monday:

9:00 am Keynote Session | Chalfant Hall
9:45 am Break
10:00 am Breakout Session 1 | Various Locations
11:00 am Breakout Session 2 | Various Locations
12:00 pm Lunch (On Your Own) | Ludwig
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Campus Passport Opportunities | Various Locations
5:00 pm Dinner (On Your Own) | Ludwig
7:30 pm First-Year Student Event | TBD

Tuesday:

9:00 am Keynote Session | Chalfant Hall
9:30 am Break
10:45 am Academic Division Gatherings | Various Locations
12:00 pm Lunch (On Your Own) | Ludwig
12:00 pm- 2:00 pm Find Your Chapel Seat | Centennial Chapel
2:00 pm – 4:30 pm Campus Passport Opportunities | Various Locations
5:00 pm Dinner (On Your Own) | Ludwig
7:30 pm First-Year Student Event | TBD

Commonly Asked Questions

Yes. JumpStart is for all first-year students. We’d love for you to come to the Perry Student Life and Recreation Center Saturday afternoon of JumpStart. We’ll have several of our campus partner offices, including Registrar, Academic Support, Public Safety, and many more, set up in the lobby to assist you with any questions or concerns. We’ll then have a gathering where you can connect with other commuter students that will lead into our opening session for all first-year students and families, “Welcome Home.”  There will be other mandatory sessions on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday that all first-year students will attend as well.

Fall sports teams will adjust their schedules so athletes can attend JumpStart. Athletes are expected to attend mandatory sessions on Sunday afternoon and Monday/Tuesday morning.

On Monday and Tuesday morning, first-year students will sit in numbered groups that correlate to their First Year Seminar section. This information can be found in Canvas, and we’ll have event staff available to help students get that information. Event staff will have signage with JumpStart Group Numbers and students will find their number and sit with their section.

Parents and supporters are encouraged to join their students for our Welcome Session on Saturday afternoon and our two Sunday morning events: an informative and helpful session for parents and supporters on what to expect from your student during their first semester at college, and a worship service for first-year students and families.

There are many local hotels available. Check out Area Hotels!

Classes begin on Wednesday, August 28th

Upperclassmen may begin moving in no earlier than Saturday, Aug. 24th at 1pm

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