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Early Start Programs

The Early Start programs are designed to introduce you to campus and expand the skills you’ll need as a first-year college student.

You’ll engage in programs and activities that will help you adapt and thrive in your academic, social, and cultural life at our CU campuses. You’ll receive focused support and guidance from faculty and staff who are committed to helping you succeed – both inside the classroom and in the University community.

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Explore the Early Start Programs

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Jump Start Program

Explore the Jump Start Program at CU-Bloomsburg!

  • Your selection for Jump Start means you’ll be invited to join the Bloomsburg community early for a sneak-peek at college life— an early avenue to make connections and start building good habits and long-lasting relationships. 
  • The program is designed to boost your confidence in your academic work at Bloomsburg by giving you experience in a college classroom, getting you first-day ready for life as a Husky. 
  • You’ll be able to select from a set of Academic Workshops and get immersed in a project with dedicated faculty and other students. You’ll also get help with writing, math, advising, time management, and self-care. 
  • And yes, fun social events, too! In all of this, the program connects you with peers who share your interests and with faculty doing exciting things in their field. 
  • And since you move to campus early, you’ll begin to learn where things are and what spaces and resources you’ll be using once classes begin. We can’t wait to get started!
  • Positively impact your confidence in your own academic and social preparedness and readiness for college.
  • Provide experience in the rigors and expectations of university life and coursework.
  • Build your sense of belonging and your ability to be an active contributor to the university community.
  • Connect you to available campus resources supporting your intellectual, psychological, and physical well-being.
  • The Jump Start Program comes at no additional cost to you. 
  • If you were admitted into the Jump Start Program, then successfully completing the program is required to continue at Bloomsburg campus. Jump Start is four days, immediately followed by Welcome Week. 
  • As your fellow first-year Huskies begin moving to campus, you’ll participate in more activities with your first-year class as Welcome Week activities shift into full gear. 
  • You will have the same housing and roommate assignment from the beginning of the Jump Start Program through the Fall and Spring semesters. 
  • The Jump Start Program event schedule will include workshop programs starting in the morning and concluding late afternoon, with evening activities strongly encouraged.
  • Q. DO I NEED TO ATTEND THE JUMP START PROGRAM IN ORDER TO ATTEND BLOOMSBURG? 
    A. Yes. Jump Start will support you in your transition to college work and life, and because we are committed to your success, the program is a condition of your admission to Bloomsburg. 
  • Q. HOW MUCH DOES THE JUMP START PROGRAM COST?
    A. There is no cost to the student. 
  • Q. DO I NEED TO GO TO A NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE JUMP START PROGRAM?
    A. Yes: like all Bloomsburg students, you’re expected to attend Orientation. More information will be coming soon from the Admissions and Orientation office! 
  • Q. WHEN DOES JUMP START BEGIN?
    A. Move-in for Jump Start is August 18, 2024. You'll arrive on campus ahead of other students, giving you time to adjust to the campus and make early connections with faculty, staff, and other new first-years! 
  • Q. WILL I HAVE A MEAL PLAN DURING THE JUMP START PROGRAM? DO I HAVE TO PURCHASE A SEPARATE MEAL PLAN FOR THIS PROGRAM?
    A. The meal plan you select as you choose your housing is the plan you’ll use during Jump Start. No additional meal plan is necessary. 
  • Q. DOES JUMP-START END WHEN CLASSES BEGIN?
    A. No! Though your intensive experience will conclude before the start of classes, Jump Start sessions continue throughout the fall term to prepare you for all the new things you'll encounter as a college student. 
  • Q. WILL I LIVE IN THE SAME RESIDENCE HALL ROOM FOR THE FALL SEMESTER THAT I WAS IN FOR JUMP START?
    A. You will have the same housing and roommate assignment from the beginning of the Jump Start Program through the Spring 2025 term. 
  • Q. CAN I REQUEST A ROOMMATE?
    A. Students can request a roommate on the MyHousing application. Roommate assignments will last through the academic year. 
  • Q. DOES MY ROOMMATE ALSO NEED TO BE PART OF THE JUMP START PROGRAM?
    A. No, your roommate does not need to be a Jump Start program student. If your roommate is not a Jump Start Student, then you will move into your room first and your roommate will join you at their assigned move-in time. 
  • Q. WHAT ARE MY NEXT STEPS?
    A. Keep checking your University email for more information coming soon about new student orientation days, specific move-in times, and additional program information.

Academic Success Program

Explore the Academic Success Program at CU-Lock Haven!

The Academic Success Program (ASP) is designed to set first-year students up for a successful transition to college. Your selection in the ASP program means that you’ll be joining the Haven Family early for a sneak-peak at college life, as well as important resources and academic supports. You will learn some essential survival skills for your first year and beyond, including:

  • Preparing for first-semester courses
  • Building college study habits
  • Utilizing campus safety measures
  • Meeting other students
  • Finding support for college success
  • How your academic advisor supports your success in college
  • Where you can access Health and Wellness resources
  • How to find people at Lock Haven, build new relationships, and get involved
  • How to balance your classes and your personal time
  • Where campus buildings and resources are located
  • Q: DO I NEED TO ATTEND THE ASP PROGRAM IN ORDER TO ATTEND LOCK HAVEN? 
    A. Yes. We believe you would benefit from the activities and sessions offered in the ASP program and, because we are committed to your success, this is a condition of your admission to CU- Lock Haven. 
  • Q. HOW MUCH DOES THE ASP PROGRAM COST? 
    A. There is no cost to the student. 
  • Q. DO I NEED TO GO TO A NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION PRIOR TO ATTENDING THE ASP PROGRAM? 
    A. Like all CU- Lock Haven students, you’re expected to attend Orientation. More information will be coming soon from the Admissions and Orientation office. 
  • Q. WHEN DOES ASP BEGIN? 
    A. You’ll arrive on campus August 18th, ahead of most other students, giving you time to adjust to the campus and make early connections with faculty, staff, and other students. 
  • Q. WILL I HAVE A MEAL PLAN DURING THE ASP PROGRAM? DO I HAVE TO PURCHASE A SEPARATE MEAL PLAN FOR THIS PROGRAM? 
    A. The meal plan you select as you choose your housing is the plan you’ll use during ASP. No additional meal plan is necessary. 
  • Q. WILL I LIVE IN THE SAME RESIDENCE HALL ROOM FOR THE FALL SEMESTER THAT I WAS IN FOR ASP? 
    A. You will have the same housing and roommate assignment from the beginning of the ASP Program through the Spring 2025 term. 
  • Q. CAN I REQUEST A ROOMMATE? 
    A. Students can request a roommate on the MyHousing application. Roommate assignments for ASP will last through the academic year. 
  • Q. DOES MY ROOMMATE ALSO NEED TO BE PART OF THE ASP PROGRAM? 
    A. No, your roommate does not need to be an ASP student. If your roommate is not an ASP Student, then you will move into your room first and your roommate will join you at their assigned move-in time.

PEAK Program

Explore the PEAK Program at CU-Mansfield!

PEAK stands for Performance Elevation for Achievement in Knowledge. Your selection into the PEAK Program means you’ll be required to join the Mansfield community early for a sneak-peek at college life, as well as special access to important resources and academic supports during PEAK Week. You’ll learn some essential survival skills for your first year and beyond, including:

  • Preparing for first semester courses
  • Building college study habits
  • Utilizing campus safety measures
  • Meeting other students
  • Finding support for your college success
  • How your academic advisor supports your success in college
  • Where you can access Health and Wellness resources
  • How to find your people at Mansfield, build new friendships, and get involved
  • How to balance your classes and your personal time
  • Where campus buildings and resources are located
  • Q. DO I NEED TO ATTEND PEAK WEEK IN ORDER TO ATTEND MANSFIELD? 
    A. Yes. We believe you would benefit from the activities and sessions offered in PEAK Week and beyond, and because we are committed to your success, this is a condition of your admission to Mansfield. 
  • Q. HOW MUCH DOES THE PEAK PROGRAM COST? 
    A. There is no cost to the student. 
  • Q. DO I NEED TO GO TO A NEW STUDENT ORIENTATION PRIOR TO ATTENDING PEAK WEEK? 
    A. Like all Mansfield students, you’re expected to attend Orientation. More information will be coming soon from the Admissions and Orientation office. 
  • Q. WHEN DOES PEAK WEEK BEGIN? 
    A. You’ll arrive on campus on August 18, ahead of most other students, giving you time to adjust to the campus and make early connections with faculty, staff, and other students. 
  • Q. WILL I ATTEND MOUNTIE DAYS WITH MY FIRST-YEAR CLASS? 
    A. Yes! PEAK programming occurs over several days in conjunction with Welcome Week. 
  • Q. WILL I HAVE A MEAL PLAN DURING PEAK WEEK? DO I HAVE TO PURCHASE A SEPARATE MEAL PLAN FOR THIS PROGRAM? 
    A. The meal plan you select as you choose your housing is the plan you’ll use during PEAK Week. No additional meal plan is necessary. 
  • Q. WILL I LIVE IN THE SAME RESIDENCE HALL ROOM FOR THE FALL SEMESTER THAT I WAS IN FOR PEAK WEEK? 
    A. You will have the same housing and roommate assignment from the beginning of the PEAK Program through the Spring 2024 term. 
  • Q. CAN I REQUEST A ROOMMATE? 
    A. Students can request a roommate on the MyHousing application. Roommate assignments for PEAK will last through the academic year. 
  • Q. DOES MY ROOMMATE ALSO NEED TO BE PART OF THE PEAK PROGRAM? 
    A. No, your roommate does not need to be a PEAK program student. If your roommate is not a PEAK student, then you will move into your room first and your roommate will join you at their assigned move-in time. 
  • Q. DOES THE PEAK PROGRAM END WHEN THE SEMESTER BEGINS? 
    A. No, your participation in PEAK extends into the first semester. There will be presentations and events that you will be asked to attend along with check-in meetings.
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