JumpStart – Application & Essay Bootcamp

Make your applications sparkle.

ArtsBridge Summer JumpStart is a College Application and Essay Bootcamp designed to prepare you for the college admission process, complete a significant amount of the workload, and present your best self to prospective colleges. Open only to students who are attending a 2-week ArtsBridge Summer program.


Are you a rising high school senior in the performing arts who wants to get a head start on your college application and essay workload? Do you want to improve your interview skills and polish your resume to showcase your achievements? Then JumpStart is for you!

Here’s what you can expect:

  • Comprehensive review of the application process
  • One-on-one support to complete the Common App
  • Time & support to write your main college essay
  • Practice interviews with expert coaches
  • In-depth resume review

During JumpStart, students work closely with our experienced team of college admission and essay experts, who work year-round guiding high school students on all aspects of the college admission process both academic and artistic. ArtsBridge college counselors provide a comprehensive review of the application process, including deadlines, requirements, and best practices as well as one-on-one support as students complete most or all of the main sections of the Common App. With feedback and revisions from our essay coach, students make significant progress on their main college essay and learn how to craft personal statements and supplemental essays that showcase their unique talents and experiences. Students have the opportunity to practice interview skills with each other and with ArtsBridge coaches, gaining confidence and experience with the college interview and audition format. The program also includes a comprehensive resume review, to identify strengths and achievements and present them in a professional and compelling manner.

Dates & Fees

Enrollment: rolling registration, limited to 24 students

Dates: July 15 – 19, 2024

Location: Baldwin Wallace University

Tuition: $2,750

Room & Board: $500

*Room & Board includes 4 nights in the dorms and 3 meals per day. Students will have continuous housing throughout JumpStart and their 2-Week ArtsBridge Summer program.

*Need-based scholarship is available for tuition. Contact us to learn more.



JumpStart is a 4-day add-on program for students attending a 2-week ArtsBridge Summer program. Open to rising seniors planning to apply to college arts programs. Open to students in any discipline: ArtSong, Dramatic Acting, and Musical Theater students are all welcome and encouraged to attend.

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Schedule Overview

Final schedules will be provided to students prior to arrival.


  • Overview of College Admission in the Arts
  • Essay & Writing Workshop
  • Resume & Common App Workshop
  • College Interviews for Arts Applicants
  • Independent Work Time

Monday, July 15

  • Arrival & check-in
  • JumpStart Orientation

Tuesday, July 16

  • 1st day of JumpStart classes

Wednesday, July 17

  • 2nd day of JumpStart classes

Thursday, July 18

  • 3rd day of JumpStart classes

Friday, July 19

  • 4th day of JumpStart classes
  • Wrap Up and Final Q&A
  • Orientation for 2-Week ArtsBridge Summer programs

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