JumpStart is a one week Pathway Program at the UCR School of Medicine for recent high school graduates who will become incoming first-year students at UCR. Incoming first-year students interested in pursuing a career in the health sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. This opportunity provides students an opportunity to prepare for the beginning of their college education, gain skills needed to succeed in a university-level learning environment, and become familiar with life at UCR.

Inspired by the FastStart program, JumpStart aims to aid first-generation and socioeconomically disadvantaged students. Throughout the program, JumpStart students will be introduced to medical school faculty and staff, current medical students at the UCR School of Medicine, and current undergraduate students who will help provide participants with the tools and resources needed to successfully navigate their journeys towards careers in healthcare.

Apply to JumpStart

Our JumpStart application is now open. Our 2023 JumpStart priority application deadline is June 26, 2023 at 11:59p.m. Final Deadline is July 6 at 11:59p.m.

Go to our Jumpstart online application.

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What to Expect

The 2023 JumpStart Program will take place August 21-25 between 8:00a.m.-3:00p.m. at the UCR campus. To participate in JumpStart, you must have reliable transportation to and from the UCR campus through the week of the program. All JumpStart program activities are scheduled in-person and are mandatory. 

As a participant in the JumpStart Program, you can expect:

●  Academic success workshops
●  Resources for pre-health students at UCR

●  Health-focused activities with UCR SOM students, staff, faculty and physicians

●  Team assignments to create presentations regarding UCR student resources while gaining familiarity with online presentation tools and developing public speaking skills 
●  Guidance and tips for success as a pre-health student at UCR from current undergraduate students, medical students, and UCR School of Medicine (SOM) faculty and staff


The JumpStart program is open to incoming first-year UC Riverside students from disadvantaged backgrounds who have a strong interest in a medical or health sciences career and who are dedicated to becoming health professionals in medically underserved communities.

To be eligible to apply for the JumpStart program, applicants must be:

  • Spring 2023 high school graduates who will attend UCR for undergraduate studies.

Priority consideration is given to first generation college students and those from economically disadvantaged backgrounds and graduates of Inland Southern California high schools.


Students who apply for the JumpStart program must agree to adhere to the following requirements:
●    Students must comply with all program rules and university policies.
●    Students must attend all workshops, events, and activities for the entire duration of the 5-day program.

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