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Summer Bridge

Jumpstart Your Life As A Longhorn

Summer Bridge, an invitation-only program at The University of Texas at Austin, provides incoming freshman with tools and resources to jumpstart their first year on campus.

Taking place during the second summer session at UT Austin, participants receive a fully funded academic experience that’s grounded in community and provides a head start on life as a Longhorn — launching them into freshman year by becoming familiar with college life, campus resources and more.

Students who have been invited to participate must register for the program by completing the registration form. Click the Register Now button to get started.

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By Participating in Summer Bridge, Students will:

  • Receive the Summer Bridge Scholarship (approximately $5,000), which covers program fees, including tuition, housing, meals, placement tests, and a spending stipend.
  • Take one math course and one composition course depending on the college or school, major, test scores and academic history, including any dual or AP exam credit.
  • Receive an additional $1,000 scholarship at the end of the summer upon successful completion of courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Live on campus with other Summer Bridge students, building a vibrant learning community.

Get a Head Start on the UT Experience:

  • Earn up to six credit hours at UT before the fall semester.
  • Start building relationships with professors, administrators, staff, and peer mentors, creating a unique support system.
  • Gain an edge over other incoming freshman with early access and exposure to campus life and resources.
  • Build a small community among Summer Bridge peers, developing lifelong friendships.

FAQ:

How do I register for my classes?  What do I need to do in order to register?

The Summer Bridge staff will actually register you for all of your Summer Bridge courses.  In order for us to do this, however, we need you to take care of a few items before May 30, 2014.  If you do not complete these items before May 30th, we may not be able to have you participate in the Summer Bridge program, so please complete these as soon as possible.

  • Complete your immunizations.  University Health Services (UHS) must receive and process your immunization documentation before your orientation session.  Please check the following link for more information:http://tinyurl.com/km5m27k
  • Clear all financial bars.  In some cases, you may owe a fee to the university.  Please check to make sure that you don’t owe anything to the university or we will be unable to register you:https://utdirect.utexas.edu/acct/rec/wio/wio_home.WBX

Do I have to live on campus?  Where will I be living?  What about my roommate? 

Because a big part of the Summer Bridge experience is to build community, all Summer Bridge students must live on campus.  Summer Bridge students will be staying in the Breckenridge-Roberts-Prather dormitory complex (http://www.utexas.edu/student/housing/index.php?site=1&scode=4&is_main=1 ).  The Division of Housing and Food Services (DHFS) will be in touch with you in June with further details on moving in, roommates, and housing.  Your participation includes your housing costs and a meal plan for the program.  If you are living on campus in the Fall, you will also be allowed to move in to your Fall dorm at the conclusion of Summer Bridge.

Do I have to be at Summer Bridge the whole time?  Can I take days/weeks off?

You must be at Summer Bridge for the full duration of the program (July 12-August 19), no exceptions.  Please remember that you are will be on an accelerated schedule and you’ll be covering material in five weeks that is usually covered in 15 weeks.  As such, you will be learning at triple the speed of what UT students usually learn at.  We understand that you may have other legitimate commitments (e.g., family vacations, extracurricular commitments, other programs, etc.); however, due to the short length of the program and the amount of work that you’ll be committed to, we are unable to accommodate anyone who cannot be at Summer Bridge for the full time.

Do we need extra spending money?

The Summer Bridge scholarship (valued at $5,000) includes tuition and fees, housing, and a meal card which we will pay for on your behalf. After these associated costs are paid for by the Summer Bridge Program from the $5,000 scholarship, there will be a small stipend paid directly to you ($600+), which could be used to cover your orientation fees, textbooks, or used as spending money.  Since everyone spends and prioritizes money differently, only you can decide whether this amount is sufficient.

What classes will I be taking during Summer Bridge?

The classes you take during Summer Bridge are dependent on your college:

Engineering: Calculus I (M408K), an Engineering Calculus Supplement (GE 207R), and a special visualization course (GE 119)

Natural Science, Nursing, and Geosciences (and anyone who indicated they want to transfer to any of these three colleges): Intro to Statistics (SSC 302) and Intro to Rhetoric (RHE 306/RHE 309S)

Liberal Arts, Undergraduate Studies, Education, Social Work: Intro to Physical Science (PS 303) and Intro to Rhetoric (RHE 306/RHE 309S)

I already received AP or dual credit for the Summer Bridge course(s) or I don’t want to take these classes.  Can I take another class?

We strategically picked these courses so they would be required courses or carry a flag that almost all Summer Bridge students need to graduate.  We have also historically found that most of our students find these courses to be challenging at UT despite performing well on AP exams or receiving dual credit.  As such, we will be unable to accommodate anyone with any other classes other than the ones that have been prescribed for you as part of the Summer Bridge curriculum.

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