Pre-College Program

Paving the way for your educational journey.

Berkeley has always believed in a student’s potential in addition to his or her past performance. To help some students prepare for the higher level of work they’ll encounter in college, Berkeley has developed the Jumpstart program to address specific needs. Jumpstart is designed to assist students in the semester before they are matriculated into Berkeley College.


In this program, students can improve reading, writing, and math skills. Jumpstart was designed for students who have already been accepted to Berkeley, but need to develop their academic skills. Jumpstart courses are offered during each semester at all Berkeley campuses and online. The program is voluntary, but strongly recommended prior to beginning the first semester of study at Berkeley.

For those students who take CSK75 Foundations of Critical Reading, CSK77 Foundations of Critical Writing, and CSK85 Transitional Mathematics as part of the Jumpstart program prior to matriculating, the classes are offered at no tuition cost. Students who are required to take CSK75, CSK77, and CSK85 as part of their academic program and choose not to enroll in Jumpstart will be required to take these classes at the regular tuition rate during their first academic year.

Individuals should contact their Admissions Representative or Academic Advisor for more information about this program.