Jump Start

The Jump Start program at Slippery Rock University has proven to be an effective tool in the recruitment and retention of a diverse student body. The program is designed to serve as a transition program with its primary goal in assisting students with the acclimation of college life on campus, both academically and socially. New, entering, first-year students are provided one-to-one development, academic advisement, and study skills strengthening and support. Register here.

Jump Start Mentors

Jump Start mentors are selected through an application process. They provide one-to-one and group mentoring to entering, first-year students for their first two semesters. The purpose of the mentoring program is two-fold: One-peer mentors will impact first-year students positively, serving as role models, offering suggestions, providing support and encouragement, promoting self-responsibility and self-direction. Two-peer mentors, themselves, gain an invaluable learning experience as they are provided opportunities for engaging in meaningful work, gaining important leadership skills, learning to take responsibility, and increasing contact with staff, faculty, and administration, while improving their sense of self-worth.

Jump Start participants attend several workshops held throughout the school year that focus on personal leadership development. These skills will aid students both academically and socially during their college career.