JumpStart 2021: What You Need To Know

JumpStart is this week and preparations are in full swing. It’s one of the most exciting weekends on campus and we can’t wait to meet the new students. While you will receive checklists and other important information when you arrive, it’s always nice to have a heads-up on expectations, right?  

So buckle up and enjoy the fly-over version of important information you may have forgotten and new information to help set expectations.  

What to Expect: COVID-19  

First, let’s get the pandemic expectations out of the way. Masks and vaccines are not required by MBU. MBU is allowing the wearing of a mask and receiving the vaccine to be a personal choice. At this time, social distancing is not required, and campus life will return to pre-pandemic status. Should you become ill, MBU has protocols set up to ensure that you will be well cared for. 

Now for the fun stuff.  

What to Expect: Registration 

Starting at 9 a.m., you can check in as a new student and move into your dorm room! Registration is in the Gymnasium and is open until 11:30 a.m. In the gym, you’ll be given a packet that tells you the offices that you may need to go see to finalize your billing, classes, or financial aid.  

The most important box to check off before you come to registration is completing MBU 101. MBU 101 takes about two hours to finish, but you cannot continue in registration unless you have it done.  

Two other important parts of registration are receiving your MBU Student ID card and your post office box key. Starting on Monday, your ID card will be used for meals and to get into your dorm. And you need your box key to see when Mom and Dad send you mail.  

You can also sign up for music auditions at this time. 

After you register in the gym, and if you don’t need to visit any other office on campus, you can move into your dorm room.  

What to Expect: Dorm Move-In 

If you haven’t seen them already by the time you drive to your dorm, you will see many excited upperclassmen and a few student-athletes anxiously waiting to help you move in. They are there to help and will have your stuff moved into your room before you can say, “I’m so excited to be at Maranatha.”  

(NOTE FOR PARENTS: Mom, you are allowed in the men’s dorms at this time. Dad, you are allowed in the women’s dorms at this time.) 

You’ll have a chance to meet your dorm supervisor, resident assistant (the hall supervisor – a.k.a. your RA), and your room leader (a.k.a. your RL. Gotta know the lingo, kids). Each of these humans are hyped that you are in their dorm and they will be your biggest cheerleaders and encouragers throughout the school year.  

Once you’ve settled into your new home for the next several months, it’s time to grab some lunch and head to orientation.  

What to Expect: Lunch and Orientation 

There will be 3 free lunch tickets in the packet you received in the Gymnasium – one for you, one for Mom, and one for Dad. Additional tickets can be purchased at the Welcome Center in the Dining Complex if needed.  

New Student Orientation begins at 1 p.m. You will be meeting with your department for a welcome session which your parents are invited to attend. You can find your specific location in the packet of information that you received.   

For your 2 p.m. Academic Unit meeting, you’ll want to double-check your packet to see if you’re changing locations from the first meeting.  

What to Expect: Friday Night 

For the rest of the afternoon, you can finish visiting any offices that you need to, unpack in your room some more, and go to your music audition (if you signed up). Dinner is from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. and there are meal tickets in your packet for that as well.  

At 7 p.m., there is a new student event on the Quad that will be hosted by the Office of Student Activities. You won’t want to miss it; it’ll be a fun activity.  

For Saturday and Sunday, you will find events, locations, and times in your packet.  

If you have any questions, be sure to ask your RL, RA, or Dorm Sup. If they don’t have the answer, they will find it out for you. Like I said, they are your biggest cheerleaders this year.  

So are you ready? Are you set? It’s almost time to go. 

For more information, or if you have any questions, contact the Admissions Office at 920.206.2327.