JumpStart is a free opportunity that will help you refine your precalculus skills and gain confidence by working on structured objectives in ALEKS, connecting with math faculty, and building community with peers.

  • Mathematics JumpStart: July 8, 2024 to Aug. 16, 2024
    • Asynchronous online experience
    • Approximately 10 hours of self-paced online participation per week in ALEKS
    • Virtual advising available with MSOE math faculty

Who is eligible?

Any incoming MSOE freshman in an engineering, computing or mathematics major.

Why should I enroll in the summer program?

  • Mathematics provides the foundation for science and engineering, so continued success in your mathematics courses will ensure that you thrive at MSOE.
  • Refining your understanding of precalculus mathematics during the summer will give you a boost into your fall math course.
  • Students who have been away from school for some time will also benefit from what JumpStart has to offer.
  • National research1 and MSOE’s own internal data suggest that students who engage in additional learning opportunities are more successful overall.
  • The JumpStart program offerings are a great way to start accessing all the resources MSOE has to offer you.
  • You will also have the option of retaking the ALEKS math assessment at the end of the JumpStart program.        

What is the time commitment?

  • Approximately 10 hours of self-paced online participation in ALEKS per week—although this can vary considerably by student.

What are the technology requirements?

  • Computer that runs Windows 10, Mac OS X, or Chromebook (See ALEKS system requirements for more details.)
  • Broadband internet access
  • Microsoft Teams for messaging and video conferencing (This may be downloaded for free.)
  • Webcam (Students will be expected to use their cameras during virtual meetings.)
  • Ability to scan written materials (This can be done via a home printer with a scanning feature, or with a scanning app such as MS Office Lens.)

Is it really free? What if I don’t complete the program?

Your instructor will set custom targets for your learning needs. You are expected to work earnestly towards those goals, but accommodations may be made on an individual level. However, if a student signs up and does not fully complete the program, the student’s account will be charged $100.

How do I sign-up?

To register, please visit the JumpStart registration webpage

Other questions?

Do you have any concerns about technology requirements? Concerns about student accommodations? Not sure which option is right for you? Contact Student Success to discuss.


1Bradford BC, Beier ME, Oswald FL. A Meta-analysis of University STEM Summer Bridge Program Effectiveness. CBE Life Sci Educ. 2021 Jun;20(2):ar21.