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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 2019 will be open at the end of January 2019.