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The Summer Bridge Program

The Summer Bridge Experience

After participation in New Student Orientation all qualified first-year students must participate in and successfully complete a required 5 week residential Summer Bridge Program, at no cost to the student.

This time for transition to college life provides students with an early support system, and access to:

  • Introductory college courses for credit
  • Leadership and personal development
  • Supportive peer network through a cohort model
  • Meaningful academic and social connections
  • Introduction and connections to essential campus resources
  • First-Year Success seminars

First-year students are accepted to the University on a conditional basis and must successfully complete the Summer Bridge Program to gain full matriculation into Westfield State University.  The coursework has a strong emphasis on critical thinking and analytical skills.  Courses we have offered during the Summer Bridge Program have included: Writing and Composition Workshop, Elementary Statistics (MATH0108), Speech (ENGL0103), Mathematical Workshop, U.S. History since 1865 (HIST0132) and Cultural Geography (GARO0210). An early orientation to Westfield State University includes strategies for meeting WSU academic expectations, financial aid counseling, career exploration/planning and academic counseling.

The afternoons consist of the exploration of first-year student issues, structured tutorial sessions, seminars regarding financial obligations, computer literacy and library research seminars. The evenings are reserved for leadership development activities such as: academic success seminars, formal group study, and programming by our Peer Counselor team. It is during these sessions that students are supported in their efforts to excel academically, scholastically, personally and intellectually.   

The 2017 Summer Bridge Program Important Dates:

Return Summer Bridge Program forms by Friday, June 16, 2017
Welcome Day is Sunday, June 25, 2017
First Day of Class Monday, June 26, 2017
Make-up Date for July 4, 2017: Friday July 7, 2017
Last Day of Class Thursday July  27, 2017

Additional Information

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College Readiness
Reinforcement of knowledge, skills, and attributes a student should possess to be ready to succeed in entry-level college courses
Peer Support
Students will have Peer Counselors available for assistance during the Summer Bridge Program
Residence Hall Experience
Gain experience living in a college residence hall for 5-weeks
Introduction to leadership skills and abilities
Financial Aid Support
In conjunction with the Financial Aid office, provide assistance with the financial aid process

New Student Checklist

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