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Jump Start Your Third Year

Jump Start Your 3rd Year (JS3)

All students in the entering freshman class of 2021 are required to Jump Start Your Third-Year meeting in their intended School during the 2022-2023 academic year. We hope this connection will help facilitate progress in your degree and support in the development of your educational goals

All students intending an engineering degree are required to participate in an activity that introduces them to career oriented resources. That career can be going into industry or continue into higher education. We would like for you to consider who can assist you on reaching these goals. See more information on options to attend below.

Follow the required steps below to complete your Jump Start 3rd Year:


  1. Complete a Graduation Plan on MyDegreePath:
    1. This portion of Jumpstart Your 3rd year is to create a graduation plan through MyDegreePath which includes all of your remaining graduation requirements (with technical electives).
      1. See checklists and flowcharts here as guide
      2. Here is a step-by-step documentation on how to use MyDegreePath
      3. Here is a video on how to use MyDegreePath plan
    2. Make sure your plan
      1. Is starred as your favorite on MyDegreePath
      2. Up-to-date
      3. Complete with technical electives selected
      4. Courses are moved from the left side to the right side of the plan
  2. Attend a Career-Oriented event and add a comment on your MyDegreePath preferred plan:
    1. Attend one Career-Oriented event hosted by:
      1. Center for Career & Professional Advancement (i.e., Attend a Career Event, Meet-ups, complete the O*Net Profiler and meet with a career specialist to interpret your results)
      2. Undergraduate Research Opportunities Center (UROC)
      3. Study Abroad Program (i.e., info session)
      4. or speak to a faculty member about your career/future aspirations
      5. Attend and ask questions at a Graduate Students’ Defense OR
      6. Watch an Open House Virtual Panel video for your declared/Intended Major
      7. Attend a conference, webinar, watch a TEDTalks, or a career-oriented event not listed above
      8. Attend an event during Engineers Week
    2. After attending a career-oriented event, add a comment (3 or more sentences) on your preferred plan in MyDegreePath with a statement of what you learned from the career related event.
  3. Schedule an appointment with your Academic Advisor or Opt-Out from meeting with your academic advisor
    1. Opt-Out from meeting with your Academic Advisor:
      1. To Opt-Out from meeting with your Academic Advisor, you will need to complete the Jump Start Your Third Year Opt-Out form.
      2. You must have completed steps 1 and 2 above.
      3. If you don't meet all of the requirements above you will be required to meet with your academic advisor.
      4. This form will be evaluated within 4-6 weeks after submission (may require additional time during high volume times).


    1. Meet with your Academic Advisor:
    2. Schedule an appointment with your academic advisor after you have completed steps 1 and 2 above.
    3. This will be a 20 minute appointment
    4. Be prepared to discuss your future goals
    5. After your appointment, your advisor will email you with comments on your graduation plan


All hold activates on March 31, 2023. A hold will prevent you from enrolling in courses for the following term.

Once steps 1,2, and 3 have been evaluated, your hold will be removed.

If you are officially declared with the School of Engineering and are interested in a major in the School of Social Sciences Humanities and Arts (SSHA) or the School of Natural Sciences (NS), you will need to meet with their Academic Advising Team for mandatory Jump Start Your Third Year, and any questions and course advising concerning your specific intended major outside of the School of Engineering.


Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Academic Advising

Social Sciences, Humanities, and Arts Jump Start your Third Year

SSHA Majors              


Natural Science Academic Advising

Natural Sciences Jump Start Your Third Year

NS Majors