Summer Bridge serves a diverse and global community of entering undergraduates in a comprehensive six-week academic residential program. It introduces scholars to the structure and rigor of the research university, provides them with opportunities to foster meaningful academic and social connections with peers, staff, and faculty, and challenges them to take ownership of their academic journeys. Scholars enroll in two credit bearing courses in addition to a seminar on personal wellness, and are each assigned an academic counselor and resident assistant to ensure successful transition to UC Berkeley.
Bridge has grown 300% within the past three years. The 2014 cohort spoke 31 languages, came from 35 counties in California, represented 6 states, and hailed from 13 countries. Additionally, 77% of the 376 Bridge scholars were Pell grant and/or Dream Act eligible and 71% were the first in their families to attend college.
The program is managed on behalf of the University by the Student Learning Center. Campus partners from over 60 departments collaborate closely in planning and delivering the program each summer, including the Athletic Study Center, the Educational Opportunity Program, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, and Residential Programs.
Visit the Student Learning Center to learn more.