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Jump Start Summer Program

SUNY Canton’s Jump Start Program is designed to help students develop the confidence and skills they need to thrive when they begin college. Jump Start students have access to the following resources:Jump Start logo

  • Each student will be paired up with a Jump Start Peer Mentor, a current SUNY Canton student who will support and guide them.
  • Students will take a Student Success course to learn personal skill development and self-advocacy, learning styles, college success strategies, financial literacy, and major/career exploration.
  • Students will meet faculty and staff guest speakers to build their community connections at SUNY Canton.
  • Students will participate in off-campus activities, including a team building/ropes course challenge, kayaking/canoeing, meditation and wellness, gaming challenges/competitions, and much more.

Summer Programming (Monday, August 15 – Monday, August 22, 2022)

This year’s Jump Start summer program will run from Monday, August 15 – Monday August 22, 2022.

**Residential students will move into their campus dorm rooms on Sunday, August 14.

The program is designed to accommodate the diverse needs of our student body:

  • Students who plan to be on-campus will live in a campus residence hall.
  • Students who plan to be fully online will have access to our Student Success course via Bright Space (our new online learning system). They will also have access to a professional staff member, the Online Student Facilitator, who will mentor them during the summer program and throughout the academic year.
  • Students from the local community who choose to commute will also have the opportunity to participate in campus-based and off-campus activities.

**Students who are selected and agree to attend the summer program will not incur any costs. All activity, housing, transportation and meal fees will be covered by the program. 

Academic Year Programming (August 24, 2022 - May 12, 2023)

Jump Start is more than a summer bridge program. The program will continue to support students throughout their first year at SUNY Canton.

  • Campus-based students will have the opportunity to live in a Jump Start residential wing.
  • Students will have continued academic support to build confidence in their skills and abilities.
  • Students will be required to sign a Success Agreement and attend academic study halls in the Learning Commons (or Microsoft Teams for online students).
  • The Jump Start Director will meet regularly with campus-based and commuter students to provide guidance and advocate for their success.
  • The Online Student Facilitator will continue to meet with fully online students to mentor them and promote their success.

An outdoor class with students sitting in a circle on the grass.

Applying to the Program

Students must complete an application for admission. If admitted to the program, students must submit an official final high school transcript before the start of the program. Jump Start students are required to complete the summer program classes and activities to continue eligibility in the program and enroll in the fall semester.

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Melissa Evans
Melissa Evans
Executive Director of Enrollment
315-386-7123
Katie Kennedy
Katie Kennedy
Jump Start Director
315-386-7119

Office of Admissions
Wicks Hall 021
SUNY Canton
34 Cornell Drive
Canton, NY 13617

(315) 386-7123 or
1-800-388-7123
Fax: (315) 386-7929
admissions@canton.edu
transfer@canton.edu