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Early Start Program

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James Madison College (JMC) Early Start Program is possible due to a gift by a JMC alumnus. The alumnus requested the creation of a bridge program to help students gain sense of belonging as they transition from high school to JMC and Michigan State University. 


2023 Schedule (Tentative)


Brian Johnson, Assistant Dean of DEI

Louise Jezierski, Associate Professor

Ben Lorch, Associate Professor


James Madison College hosted its inaugural summer bridge program in 2022. The successful formula will continue in August of 2023:

  • Acclimate students to Michigan State University and James Madison College.
  • Nurture a sense of belonging among incoming students.
  • Equip incoming students with the academic tools and resources they will need to be successful at MSU and JMC, along with an early start for building relationships.
  • Advance Student Success at MSU and JMC by better serving first-year students that are first-generation, Pell grant eligible, high financial need and underserved.

Time Frame

  • Program participants move into Case Hall on August 18 and engage in activities and class sessions through August 24. From Aug. 24-27, Early Start students transition to Fall Welcome activities for all incoming students.
  • Upon conclusion of the summer program, students will transition into the Madison Academic Diversity Initiative (MADI) program. We will continue to work with students throughout the academic year and their undergraduate education.

Interested in news stories about the Early Start Program?


Early Start Program is accepting applicants for 2023 cohort


Early Start students return from D.C., program achieves intended purpose

DEI in action: Welcoming 21 students to the inaugural bridge program

JMC offers new summer bridge program to aid in student success and increase student belonging