JumpStart Dual Enrollment Program


Get ahead of the crowd and start your college career early!

Ave Maria University offers our JumpStart Dual Enrollment Program to high school or homeschool students who wish to enroll in highly affordable, college-level courses online or in person.

These courses are taught by AMU professors. You can be confident that you are getting an excellent jump start on your education as Ave Maria University is a SACSCOC-accredited institution.  The courses you take at Ave Maria University are readily transferable to other accredited colleges and universities.

*Enrolled students do not need to reapply each semester.

Fall 2019

COMP 101 - Composition 101

Composition 101 emphasizes language and reasoning skills in a progression from the meaning of words, to paraphrase, summary, evaluation of arguments to the production of written arguments and an annotated research project that demonstrates control of the Chicago Manual of Style for documentation. Subject matter for the course will depend on instructor interest: science, politics, literature, sports, or the like.

CORE 101 - Western Civilization and Culture I

This course guides students through the cultural achievements of Western Civilization from the ancients to the Reformation. In examining the Western and Christian traditions, students acquire cultural literacy as they seek to answer the perennial question: Who am I? The high achievements of Greek, Roman, Medieval, and Renaissance philosophy, literature and art introduced to encourage students to grapple with what it means to be a Westerner. Themes explored include the conflict between passion and reason, the creation of identity through group membership and differentiation, the relationship of the self to God, and the attraction to goodness, love, and the beautiful.

CORE 102 - Western Civilization and Culture II

This course guides students through the literary, philosophical, and historical achievements of Western Civilization from the Scientific Revolution to the present. In examining the Western and Christian traditions, students acquire cultural literacy as they seek to answer the perennial question: Who am I? The creation of modern science and philosophy, as well as the development of art and literature, will be introduced to encourage students to grapple with what it means to be a member of Western Civilization. Themes explored include the emergence of the social sciences, the conflict between passion and reason, the creation of identity through group membership and differentiation, and the Christian response to modernity.

MATH 110 - College Algebra

A survey of equations involving linear, quadratic, polynomial, rational, exponential, and logarithmic functions. Systems of equations and applications.

SPAN 101 – Elementary Spanish

Introduces the basic elements of the language in an intensive manner and includes exposure to aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures. Equal attention to aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: No previous college study of Spanish, or no more than two years of high school Spanish.

SPAN 102 – Intermediate Spanish

Building upon the skills acquired in Elementary Spanish, this course develops the elements of the language in an intensive manner and includes exposure to aspects of Spanish-speaking cultures. Equal attention to aural comprehension, speaking, reading, and writing skills. Prerequisite: No more than one year of college study of Spanish, or no more than three years of high school Spanish, SPAN 101, or permission of instructor.

THEO 105 – Sacred Scripture

This course serves as the first theology course in the Core Curriculum. Since God is the primary author of Scripture, the soul of sacred theology is the study of the sacred page. This course has a twofold goal: to introduce students to the principles of authentic Catholic biblical exegesis, and to explore how God, the Creator, has acted through his covenants to draw his people, disordered by the Fall, back to himself. The course begins by examining the principles of Catholic exegesis as set forth definitively by Dei Verbum and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. We then undertake a careful reading of large segments of the Old and New Testaments, with an emphasis on the unity of Scripture.

THEO 205 – Sacred Doctrine

This course serves as the second theology course in the Core Curriculum. Building upon the scriptural foundation of the previous required course in Sacred Scripture, this course is an introduction to dogmatic Catholic theology. Particular attention will be given to natural and divine revelation, the modes of transmission of divine revelation, the essential doctrines of the faith, the moral life and the sacraments.

*While it is ultimately up to the student and their parents which of these classes are chosen, we advise that JumpStart courses be taken in the order listed here. Alternative plans of study may be discussed upon application.

Dr. Gabriel Martinez, Ph.d.

Interim Business Department Chair, Chair of the Economics Department, Associate Professor of Economics, Director of Online Education

Education: B.A., Interdisciplinary Studies, University of South Carolina; M.A., Economics, University of Notre Dame; Ph.D., Economics, University of Notre Dame
Office: Henkels 2056
Phone: (239) 280-1611
Curriculum Vitae: Download

Bailey Timmis

Admissions Counselor

Office: Prince 154
Email: Bailey.Timmis@avemaria.edu
Office Phone: (239) 304-7949

I graduated from Ave Maria in 2018 as a Humanities major because I loved all my classes so much I couldn’t decide what to major in! I am a townie, having lived in Ave since I was 13. As you can probably guess from the fact that I never left, I love both the town and the university. I participated in our Shakespeare in Performance program throughout college, so if you have any questions on that, I’m your girl. I look forward to getting to know you all!

All courses in the JumpStart program are 4 credit hours at $750 per class. The price is the same for both online and on-campus students.

The schedule for the JumpStart program mirrors Ave Maria University’s academic calendar.

2019-2020 Academic Calendar

  • JumpStart students must be at least 16 years of age or older or a junior in high school (or homeschool) to participate.
  • Students must have a minimum unweighted GPA of 2.8 to be in the JumpStart program. Your current transcript must be sent to the Ave Maria University Admissions Office prior to registering for classes.
  • Transcripts can be sent to AMU through a secured network from your high school or through the mail. Our address is:

Ave Maria University
Student Enrollment Center
5050 Ave Maria Blvd
Ave Maria, FL 34142

  • Parental oversight in the JumpStart program is essential to student success. At least one parent or guardian of each JumpStart participant must serve as an observer for their child’s courses.
  • A maximum of one course per semester is allowed to ensure the overall success of the student. Exceptions are made on a case by case basis.

Students who successfully complete a total of 8 credit hours with the AMU JumpStart program will be automatically accepted for admission to Ave Maria University.

If a student is planning to enroll at AMU as a full-time student after graduating high school or a home school program, official SAT or ACT scores will be required.

Transcripts cannot be issued without the student’s written permission (FERPA.1974).  All financial obligations to the University must be resolved before a transcript will be released.  Students on the Stop List for account balance are unable to receive official transcripts until balance is resolved with the Business Office. Ave Maria University policy does not permit this office to send transcripts (either official or unofficial) by fax or to disclose grades over the telephone. A student’s transcript is a full account of his/her academic progress at Ave Maria University, including all courses taken, grades earned, degrees conferred and honors achieved (if applicable).  As the successor institution to Ave Maria College (AMC), Ave Maria University assumes the responsibility of issuing AMC transcripts.  AMC transcripts appear on Ave Maria University transcript paper.  Students who attended Ave Maria College of the Americas (AMCA) or Ave Maria University-Latin American Campus (AMULAC) may request their transcripts from the AMU Florida campus.  Transcripts appear on Ave Maria University transcript paper.

An electronic delivery option exists for transcripts via eScripSafe by providing the email address of the transcript recipient (not available for College of the Americas students).  Please note: Ave Maria University does not email your actual transcript; rather, an encrypted PDF file is submitted from Ave Maria to a secure server; the recipient is then notified by email with a one-time use link to present credentials, log in to the system, and access the transcript.  The PDF file will automatically delete 24 hours after it is first opened.

  • Transcript Request Online Payment will be accepted in the form of debit or credit card.  Please go to http://iwantmytranscript.com/avemaria Please follow the instructions carefully. Students from the College of the Americas are unable to request electronic transcript delivery, but are able to order and make payment online.
  • Transcript Request by mail or in person: Transcript Request. Payment will be accepted in the form of cash, check, or money order. Please mail to: Office of Academic Records, Ave Maria University, 5050 Ave Maria Blvd.,  Ave Maria FL 34142.  Transcript requests cannot be processed until payment is received.

Please contact the Registrar if you have any questions at (239) 280-2565 or by email at registrar@avemaria.edu.  If you need to request a syllabus for a particular course, please contact the Office of the Dean of Faculty at (239) 280-2550 or by email at christy.dorer@avemaria.edu.

Ave Maria University would like to develop partnership relationships with high schools through our JumpStart program.

We would be happy to discuss with high school leadership the range of partnership opportunities available, including JumpStart courses tailored to continue and dovetail with programs and courses of study offered at your high school.

Please contact Brent Johnson at (239) 293-5816 or email Brent.Johnson@avemaria.edu for more information or to schedule a phone discussion or visit from us to your school.

Professors suggest spending 90 minutes a day, every day of the week, on a class.

Posting the class calendar and the deadlines in a visible place is helpful for staying on track.

Your professor is always available to help you or answer any questions you may have.

For online classes, some professors offer video lectures or hold video conferences with their students. Students can also do their quizzes and homework all online.