August 17 – 28, 2020


Many of our enrolling students pursue their academic training at Harris to strengthen their skills in data analytics and other evidence-based tools, and some may not have the background in these areas prior to enrollment. The core curriculum at Harris exposes students to economic theory, game theory, statistics, calculus, and algebra. This year, the Jumpstart Program will be offered in a virtual format to safeguard the health of our community in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and to promote connections between students who are able to be in Chicago and those who are not. 

The Jumpstart Program provides a refresher on these mathematical principles and concepts needed to successful navigate the Core. It is a two-week customized program designed specifically for enrolling students that have a limited quantitative background prior to joining Harris. Students will work one-on-one with lecturers, tutors, and second year Harris student teaching assistants during the program.

The program is intended to prepare students ahead of time for the larger Harris Math Camp that begins in September. All enrolling students, regardless of prior quantitative strengths, are encouraged to participate in Math Camp.


Acceptance into the program is based on invitation, and there is no cost to participate in Jumpstart. Invitations to participate will go out in late May.  If you believe you could benefit from the program but do not receive an invitation, please contact us at


Interested in hearing from former Jumpstart attendees? Check out these testimonials from some of our members of the Class of 2020 and 2021.


The Jumpstart Program will be held August 17 - August 28, 2020.

The scheduled includes academic course work, TA support, professional development opportunities, and social programming. Each day, there will be a lecture that will run from 10:30am-12:00pm CDT. There will also be a daily review session. Students can choose whether they would like that review session to be from 1:00pm-2:00pm CDT or from 7:00pm-8:00pm CDT. You can indicate your preference when you register for the program.

Additional orientation programming will also be offered during the program to ensure that participants have a smooth transition into Harris.


The Jumpstart curriculum incorporates elements of algebra and an introduction to calculus to prepare you for success in Harris Math Camp, the mandatory Math Exam, and the core curriculum. Curious what skills will be included in Jumpstart? Check out the topic list below.