JumpStart Retreat and First-Year Seminar Program

JumpStart combines a dynamic two-day retreat for first-year students with a seven-week first-year seminar that is designed to launch your transition to college life by connecting you with a network of peers, student mentors, and faculty in the College of Health and Human Development.

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Video: The JumpStart Experience

Hear from past participants in the JumpStart program

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The week before the start of classes, students, faculty, and alumni of the College participate in a retreat that includes several team-building exercises designed to build trust and connections that will last a lifetime. The retreat takes place at the Civil Engineering Camp at Penn State’s Stone Valley Recreation Area. This retreat will help you:

  • Connect with other first-year students
  • Make a smooth transition to university life
  • Hear first hand from upper-level HHD students
  • Get to know HHD faculty and alumni
  • Develop team building and goal-setting skills
  • Have a fun and challenging experience

100 percent of the students who participated in last year’s retreat said they would recommend it to a friend. Join us!

All first-year students at University Park are required to take a first-year seminar. The JumpStart program fulfills this requirement and you will earn 2 credits for completing this program. First-year seminars are designed to help you make the transition from high school or work to the college experience.