As we prepare for another busy Jumpstart season, our office is trying a new process: assigning a Jumpstart date (instead of allowing students to pick their own date).
Here is what we hope to accomplish:
- Even out Jumpstart attendance.
Students who are fully admitted now, should be attending the June sessions, instead of putting Jumpstart off until July or August, when we need the space for those who are applying later in the cycle.
- Provide the optimal Jumpstart experience.
Students get the most out of Jumpstart when the student/orientation leader ratio does not exceed 20 to 1. Conversely, groups that are too small can feel awkward. We are trying to hit the “sweet spot” of 12-15 students per orientation leader.
Students who cannot attend their assigned date are able to request another date—we’ve had many students already navigate this process successfully and select an alternate date.
We are monitoring this process closely to make sure that we do not slow students down as they navigate their orientation requirement. There is also a possibility that (after July 1st) we will revert to the process of allowing students to pick their own date. We will keep you in the loop as to any additional updates to the process. If at any time you have questions about the Jumpstart process, you can go to uvu.edu/orientation/jumpstart for the most up-to-date information.
Also, here is a reminder on what the orientation process looks like for our new students, depending on their applicant type and age:
- New students 22 years of age and OLDER (including first-time freshmen):
Required to complete online orientation only. Once they complete online orientation, their hold is automatically and immediately released and they receive immediate email notification that their orientation hold has been removed.
- Transfer students, 21 years of age and YOUNGER, transferring 15 CREDITS or MORE:
Required to complete online orientation only. However, their hold removal is not automated, due to the varying factors associated with confirming their transfer credit. As is happening currently, their hold will be removed within one business day of completing online orientation (usually MUCH more quickly).
- New Freshmen, 21 years of age and YOUNGER, transferring 14 CREDITS or LESS:
Required to complete online orientation, and attend the Jumpstart campus orientation. As is happening currently, once students complete online orientation and sign-up for Jumpstart, their hold is deferred until their Jumpstart date, and removed the date they attend Jumpstart.
Please note that UVU high school concurrent enrollment students attending UVU’s campus for the first time beyond high school are considered as new freshmen and are required to attend Jumpstart (unless they are 22 years of age or older).
As an update, the automated hold removal process has been in place for about 2 months and is working very well! It has greatly reduced our orientation office call volume and enhanced our older student’s satisfaction with the orientation process.
As always, our team is here to answer any questions that you or students may have. Please contact us whenever we can offer any assistance!
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