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About the Program


Dawg Days: Jumpstart is a summer bridge program at UMBC that strives to provide new first year students a chance to understand college academics, explore campus resources, engage in self-discovery, and connect to the UMBC and surrounding community. Through this program, students will interact with other incoming first years as well as campus faculty/staff.

Four Components of the Program
Academic Coursework & Support Services
    • Students have the option to take a Math, English, and/or general education course
    • All students participate in mandatory weekly workshops to get connected to UMBC resources and offices
    • Classes will take place Mondays through Thursdays
    • Mandatory tutoring sessions will be offered to help students work on papers, study, complete homework, and prepare for exams
    • Evening study hall hours
First-Year Experience
    • All students participate in an Introduction to an Honors University course (1-credit) during the fall semester to introduce them to campus resources and college success strategies
    • Meet with a Jumpstart advisor throughout the entire first-year
    • Opportunity to reconnect with Dawg Days: Jumpstart peers throughout the year at events
Friday Field Trips
    • Sample field trips include
      • Ropes and zip line course
      • Events and tours of Baltimore and/or Washington DC
    • Community service projects
Campus Life
  • Residential Life
    • Opportunity to get the full residential experience
    • Participants are encouraged to live on campus if at all possible
  • Commuters
    • Participants may choose to commute for the program if living on-campus is not possible
  • Fun evening activities for both residential and commuter students

The application for Dawg Days: Jumpstart 2020 will be open at the end of January 2020.