Summer Bridges Program


About the Summer Bridges College Readiness Program


The Summer Bridges Program is designed specifically to prepare incoming first-year students for success in college while also fulfilling their English 099 and/or Math 099 requirement(s).

Seats in fall sections of MATH 101 and English 110 have been reserved for Bridges students who successfully complete the program and earn higher course placement. For those successful students, schedule changes to the higher level courses will be made on the last day of the program.  

The program goals are for participants to

  • Have FUN! (We will play games!)

  • Learn about themselves

  • Explore personalities and habits and how they will impact college life

  • Learn how to deal with the challenges of college life successfully

  • Become a member of a community that will share the summer (and beyond) together!

  • Meet other new, incoming first-year students

  • Meet current CCSU students and former Bridges participants

  • Get to know some of CCSU's experienced, full-time faculty

  • Learn how college "works"

  • Become familiar with campus locations

  • Learn about the free resources available on campus

  • Learn about expectations and responsibilities of college students

  • Get ahead by fulfilling 099 requirement(s) in half the time

  • Save money by fulfilling 099 requirement(s) at a fraction of the cost of a regular course

  • Enter fall semester prepared, confident, and able to succeed in all areas of college life!


2017 Schedule

Every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday June 27 – August 10 (except for July 4)

Math Only: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
English Only: 11 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Math and English: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Note: Students can participate in English only, in Math only, or in both English and Math (taking both carries the same price as just one!), but attendance and participation in the Lunch/College Readiness period is required.


Daily Schedule

9 a.m. – 11 a.m. Math – These are NOT lecture classes!

  • Workshops are student centered, activity based, and designed to review key concepts necessary to succeed in college-level mathematics courses.

11:15 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch, Games, and College Readiness Programming

  • Eat, Socialize, Play Games

  • Learn about CCSU and college life

  • College readiness programming to help students succeed and to make the most of their college experience

1 p.m. – 3 p.m. English
In the English courses students will:

  • Learn how to write for college professors and professional audiences

  • Critically read and write sophisticated texts

  • Engage different styles and genres of work (multimedia)

  • Develop writing habits and processes to overcome common struggles like procrastination, anxiety, repetition, etc.


Requirements for MATH 099 Exemption

To successfully complete the Bridges program and earn exemption from MATH 099, students must:

  • not miss more than 3 days of the program, none of which can be during the first week.
  • demonstrate regular attention and effort on homework assignments.
  • participate in all of the lunchtime activities.
  • earn a minimum score on the MATH 099 Exemption Exam on the last day of the program.

Successful students will be assisted with schedule changes to the appropriate, higher level math course on the last day of program.