JumpStart Program Details

JumpStart emphasizes the team-building and goal-setting skills necessary to successfully navigate student life at Penn State—skills that will be further refined through your participation in the first-year seminar linked to JumpStart.

Health and Human Development faculty actively participate in the JumpStart retreat and then teach the first-year seminars to build upon retreat experiences that develop time-management, goal-setting, and motivation skills. You will explore Penn State’s learning environment and resources and discover the wide array of career options available to Health and Human Development graduates.

Dates and Location

August 19-20 and August 20-21, 2015
Civil Engineering Lodge, Stone Valley
(students will be picked up at Henderson Building)


Your participation in the August retreat will allow you to move into your residence hall before the rush!


By participating in the retreat and completing the seven-week first-year seminar, you will earn 2 credits and fulfill your first-year seminar requirement.


$100 includes early move in, meals, lodging, and transportation. All you need to bring is bedding (pillow, sheets, blanket, or sleeping bag), clothes, flashlight, and personal items in a daypack. A full list will be provided upon confirmation of your registration.


JumpStart registration will take place during your New Student Orientation (NSO) visit which will be scheduled some time between May and July 2014.

To register for JumpStart you will:

  • meet with your adviser, select and schedule your JumpStart retreat session and first-year seminar section
  • complete the JumpStart registration form provided to you at NSO. If you are unable to attend NSO please contact us for registration information.
  • attach a check for $100 made payable to "The Pennsylvania State University"
  • submit your form and attached check to the Student Services Center staff during NSO

JumpStart participants are accepted on a first come, first served basis. For more information, call the Student Services Center at 814-865-2156 or e-mail us at jumpstart@psu.edu.