Jump Start



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Jump Start is a King*Chavez*Parks Initiative of the State of Michigan designed to improve retention rates of academically and economically disadvantaged students through academic and career workshops and networking opportunities.

Jump Start students are teamed up with upperclassmen peer mentors. Peer mentors design programs to meet the specific needs of their students, including study sessions, career exploration sessions, and social activities. These programs help participants become acclimated to life as a college student, life at NMU, and life in the city of Marquette.

Want to join us at one of our events? Here's how...

Reserving a spot for any event can be done by e-mailing the host or by calling the Multicultural Education and Resource Center at (906)227-1554.


You are a Jump Start student if...

  •  You entered the university on probationary status and you are a Michigan resident.

Services Available

  • Peer Mentorship
  • Career Exploration
  • Academic Skill builders
  • Social Activities

For examples of our events, check out our photo gallery


Lydia M. Olson Library

Don't forget that the library is accessible to you online.  Just click here to access their site.  

No access or slow access to Internet?

Charter Communications may have a solution for you.  It requires documentation and an application be filled out and sent in, bringing the cost to $14.99/month.  Check it out here.

Food Pantry

NMU has a Food Pantry available for all NMU Students.  Please click here to view hours, pick up arranagements, and online ordering system.  

Cash Course

In an effort to encourage financial literacy on Northern’s campus, NMU has partnered with the National Endowment for Financial Education to create a school profile on CashCourse. CashCourse is an educational money management website available to all NMU students free of charge. Through CashCourse, students can either seek out helpful information independently or through assignments from Northern’s faculty and staff. Some examples of these resources include worksheets, quizzes, videos, reading materials and many more aimed at helping students of all ages and financial backgrounds with money management. If you have an interest in browsing all the wonderful tools CashCourse has to offer, please visit www.CashCourse.org or utilize the “Students” and “Faculty/Staff” tabs under “Money Management”.

If you are experiencing any difficulties with CashCourse, users are encouraged to contact LInda Sirois ( lsirois@nmu.edu ) in the Student Support Services Office (2101 Hedgcock).


Virtual Workshops


Online Exams - Tips on what you should do before, during, and after an online exam.

Re-Leaf Yourself - What you can do to minimize test taking anxiety.

Test Taking - How to best prepare while studying and in class before your next big test.



Confrontation & Feedback - How to properly confront someone and give appropriate feedback.

Email Etiquette - Why email etiquette is so important both in college and after you graduate.

Options after Graduation - Different things you can do after you graduate. 


Self Improvement

Cupids Consent - A discussion about consent, healthy relationships, and loving yourself and others.

Staying Fit and Healthy at Home - Tips and tricks you can use to stay active at home. 

Self Care & Confidence - A lesson in self care and why it is so important.

Home Grown -The benefits plants can have on your mental health. 

Stress Less - A number of ways to reduce stress in your daily life.


Helpful Tools


Time Management

A key skill for successful students is good time management.  Utilize the weekly planner to assist you in scheduling a balance between classes, homework, and activities.  Remember schedule plenty of time for sleep.  



The tutoring center at NMU is focused on assisting students in succeeding academically. Tutoring is available for most academic programs.  


GPA Calculator

Visualize what various grade combinations may do to your GPA.  


Degree Evaluation

Check the status of your academic progress.  Ensure that you are on track for graduation.  


What to do with a major in....

Are you having trouble deciding on a major?  Explore potential degrees and what future careers they may result in.  


College Success

**Looking for a few tools to help keep keep you on a track toi graduating on time.  Check out the academic time line to get a peak of what an ideal academic plan looks like.   

**Need some help with college success strategies or academic skills?  Here are several presentations and sources to help you out.  

**Take this FOCUS2 assessment to help you successfully select a career and academic avenue.  


NMU Career Services

**Did you know that NMU Career Services offers Career Coaching?  This program looks to help you connect your short term goals with your future goals.  Check it out.  

**Need to polish up that resume?  Check out the online resume system that is accessible to you.  

**Have questions concerning on campus employment, work-study, or other resume questions?  Check out the FAQ to locate your answer.  


Financial Aid

**Check out this check list that includes 8 steps to funding your education.  

**Scholarships are a great way to assist in funding your education at NMU.  Click here to do a search on scholarships you may qualify for.