The Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Experience

The Summer Bridge Program Experience

Mission Statement: The Urban Education Summer Bridge Program is designed to provide assistance to prospective incoming first-year undergraduate students. The program works collaboratively with students to engage in an ongoing transition process from high school to college. The process focuses on fostering academic excellence, leadership, meaningful academic and social connections, and personal development to create a foundation for persistence towards a timely graduation. Through participation in Summer Bridge, students utilize campus resources and develop skills necessary to thrive academically in order to reach their personal goals of graduation.

Description: Summer Bridge will consist of a five-week program, open to a select cohort of prospective first-year program students who have the potential to take up to two college courses for credit (3-6 college credits). The three major components of the Summer Bridge Program include academics, campus resources and social development. The program will connect students to essential campus resources including Financial Aid, Counseling Center, Career Center, Academic Advising Center, Diversity and Inclusion, and other essential campus constituents. Program students will receive ongoing personal, academic, and career advising after the completion of the Summer Bridge Program. Additionally, the program will provide students with opportunities for leadership development and civic engagement. These program services continue throughout the student's educational career at Westfield State University (WSU).

The Summer Bridge Program provides an opportunity for prospective students to transition into college with an early support system with their cohort, student leaders, alumni, and Program staff. Participants become familiar with campus, meet various campus constituents and support services, and attend collegiate courses with coursework that has a strong emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills. Courses offered in the past included:

  • Cultural Geography (GARP 0210)
  • Elementary Statistics (MATH 0108)
  • First-Year Seminar
  • History of Latin America since 1800 (HIST 0277)
  • Introduction to Mass Communication (COMM 0101)
  • Introduction to Computer Graphics (ART 0108)
  • Mathematical Workshop
  • Speech (ENGL 0103)
  • U.S. History to 1865 (HIST 0131)
  • Writing Workshop

Summer Bridge Program Requirements

The Urban Education Summer Bridge Program begins during the summer after graduation from high school. First-year students are accepted to the University on a conditional basis and must successfully complete all five weeks of the program to gain full matriculation for the academic year.

Successful completion of the Summer Bridge Program is based on the following requirements:

  • Full participation in New Student Orientation (NSO) that is scheduled before the Summer Bridge Program
  • Receive a grade of “C” or higher in each Summer Bridge Program course—a total grade point average (GPA) of a 2.0
  • Completion of ALL classes and seminars
  • Positive faculty and staff recommendations
  • Demonstrate appropriate residence hall and classroom behavior
  • Other supplemental assessment of college readiness

The Summer Bridge Program experience includes intensive academic instruction and leadership development through peer mentorship, University staff, Urban Education Program (UEP) alumni and other student leaders. During the Summer Bridge Program students are enrolled in a First Year Success Seminar, English, and Math Workshops which are not for credit. Students are also enrolled in a three (3) credit WSU core course. A three (3) credit math course may also be offered to students contingent upon high school math grades, SAT or ACT scores, placement test, and other factors as assessed by the Math Department.

The 2019 Summer Bridge Program Important Dates:

Return Summer Bridge Program forms by Friday, June 21, 2019
Welcome Day is Saturday, July 6, 2019
First Day of Class Monday, July 8, 2019
Last Day of Class Thursday August 8, 2019

Additional Information

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College Readiness
Develop study skills, test taking skills, time management, stress management, critical thinking, reasoning, problem solving, computer literacy, financial literacy, and goal setting skills. Summer Bridge participants develop a better understand academic expectations and college culture
Peer Support
Students will have Peer Counselors available for assistance during the Summer Bridge Program as well as be in a supportive peer network through a cohort model
Residence Hall Experience
Gain experience living in a college residence hall for 5-weeks
Introduction to leadership skills and abilities through a challenging academic program. Participants are introduced to campus engagement and leadership development
Campus Resources
Establish relationships with college faculty, staff and become familiar with and utilize campus resources to enhance their academic journey
Develop a greater sense of self and promote self-advocacy and help seeking

New Student Checklist

Summer Bridge Program students please use this New Student Checklist to keep track of your WSU progress