Jump Start

The Jump Start Program is designed for students currently enrolled as high school juniors or seniors who wish to earn college-level credits before graduation. 

Upon obtaining signed permission from your parent or legal guardian, you may enroll in up to two college courses (not exceeding eight credit hours of academic work) per semester during the day or evening.

  • Taught on the Sussex campus or online
  • Taught by Sussex professors
  • Jump Start Classes are a 50% reduction in tuition and fees 

Upon graduating from high school and enrolling at Sussex, students will have all applicable credits applied toward their associate degree or certificate. Students enrolling at a different college or university can request an official Sussex transcript sent to the other college for credit transfer consideration.

To be eligible for the Jump Start Program, the applicant must:

  • Be a high school or home-schooled student between 16–18 years of age. Students who are younger than 16 will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • College Readiness as evidenced by any of the following:
    • High school transcript showing B or better in College prep based Math and English
    • SAT Scores: Evidence-Based Reading/Writing – SAT of 450 or higher 
    • Mathematics – SAT of 500 or higher or appropriate Placement Test scores in basic math and algebra. 
    • ACT Scores: (23 English, 23 Reading, 23 Math)
    • The College-level Math Placement Test is needed if students enroll in Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Physics,  or Chemistry.

Steps to Get Started:

Step 1: Apply Online

  • Fill out the Application - include your social security number
    • For Admission Status, choose Concurrent High School Students – Jump Start Program from the drop-down menu
  • Submit the Application. You will receive an email with the following:
    • Sussex Student ID Number
    • Sussex Passwords

Step 2: Take the Placement Test (if needed)

  • Take the College-Level Math (CLM) Placement Test if you are taking any of the following classes at your high school: College Chemistry, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Physics with Calculus, or Chemistry with Calculus.
  • Contact the Testing Center at 973-300-2155. Check the Testing web page for study guides and sample test questions.

Step 3: Print and fill out the Jump Start Registration Form.

Step 4: Pay Online

For any questions, please contact:
Julie Fliegel
Early College Coordinator

*Once students graduate high school, they are no longer eligible for these programs.