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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The week before the start of classes, students, faculty members, and alumni of the college participate in a retreat that will help build the confidence, capabilities, and connections that will last a lifetime. The retreat takes place at the Civil Engineering Lodge at Penn State's Stone Valley Recreation Area. This retreat will help you:

  • Connect with other first-year students who often become you best friends at Penn State
  • Make a smooth academic and social transition to university life
  • Engage directly with upper-level HHD student leaders throughout the semester
  • Get to know HHD faculty members and alumni
  • Begin developing a network of highly engaged HHD faculty and alumni
  • Develop team building, goal-setting, and other skills needed for academic, career, and personal success
  • Have a fun and challenging experience

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.