Getting a 'Jump Start' on college

UNI Jumpstart Pathfinders

Later this month the University of Northern Iowa is hosting approximately 120 incoming freshmen and transfer students for a week-long orientation intended to provide a smooth transition to college. The Jump Start program is designed for students from underrepresented minority groups and/or students who have participated in TRIO programs (such as Upward Bound and Educational Talent Search). Arriving on campus a week early allows these new students additional time to learn about student services, academic and financial aid policies; but most importantly, an opportunity to develop connections with peers, faculty, and staff.

Now in its 16th year at UNI, Jump Start allows participants to move into the residence halls a week early to participate in fun and interactive sessions on topics such as diversity, campus involvement, budgeting, library orientation, academic planning, and leadership. The program is so popular it grew 35 percent from 2011 to 2012 and many of the participants return to Jump Start to serve as Pathfinders, or mentors for the incoming students.

"Jump Start is a great time to socialize and meet other new students. It gives you a head start on getting to know faculty and staff and feel comfortable on campus before school starts." - Avary Bradford, a junior in Public Relations from Cedar Rapids and 2014 Pathfinder

The friendships students make during that first week often last throughout their college career. This year's Jump Start runs from Sunday, August 17 - Friday, August 22, 2014.

News & Events

UNI will again host an exhibit at the Iowa State Fair in the Varied Industries Building where visitors can pick up a free Panther football poster, temporary tattoo and other UNI giveaways, and purchase Panther gear and memorabilia. Saturday, Aug. 9 is UNI Day at the Iowa State Fair, and attendees are encouraged to wear purple. UNI President Bill Ruud will visit with guests, alumni, and prospective students and their families from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., and will also show a steer at the Governor's Charity Steer Show at 4 p.m. Mascots TC and TK will also be at the booth throughout the day.