University of Texas at AustinDivision of Diversity and Community Engagement

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.
  • Have access to early Freshman Orientation sessions over the summer (spots available on a first-come, first-served basis).

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.

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Answering Your Questions

When is Summer Bridge?

  • Summer Bridge runs July 14 – August 18, 2014 which coincides with the university’s second summer session.

How much does Summer Bridge cost?

  • Students involved in the program will incur little to no cost. Participants receive the Summer Bridge Scholarship (approximately $5,000), which covers program fees including tuition, housing, meals, placement tests, and a spending stipend. We also understand that many students work during the summer to generate income to help offset college expenses. In order to account for this, the Summer Bridge program will give students an additional $1,000 scholarship at the end of the summer upon successful completion of their courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

Where do Summer Bridge students live during the program?

  • By registering for Summer Bridge, students are automatically placed in on-campus housing during the six-week program. Students will be notified of their housing arrangement prior to their arrival in July. We will notify you by e-mail of your check-in time and location as the date gets closer.

What courses are offered during Summer Bridge?

  • Based on the college or school the student was admitted to and the major they wish to pursue, as well as test scores and academic history, including any dual credit, participants will be enrolled in one math course and one composition course Summer course schedules will be given out at Freshman Orientation.

When do Summer Bridge students attend Freshman Orientation?

  • Summer Bridge has limited reserved seats in the first five Freshman Orientation sessions for participating students (spots available on a first-come, first-served basis). A mandatory meeting for all Summer Bridge participants will be held on the first day the Freshman Orientation sessions.