The Summer Bridge Program
That prepares participating students for the challenging transition from high school to college, between high school graduation and matriculation at the university for the fall semester. During this transitional summer, for five weeks, students are immersed in a living/learning experience that provides them with a real “taste for college” – providing them with opportunities to become familiar with the campus and campus resources as well as academic components with instruction in such areas as study skills, organizational skills, communication skills, and research skills.
The program teaches students self-advocacy skills they will need to navigate through their college experience, such as how to effectively communicate with faculty and staff members, how to build a support network, and how to identify and mitigate personal behaviors and circumstances that might jeopardize their college success. The Summer Bridge program also includes at least one introductory, credit-bearing college course.