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Summer Bridge Program

Summer Bridge Scholastic Program
The Summer Bridge Program serves a globally diverse community of entering Cal undergraduates in a rigorous six-week academic residential program. Scholars will  be introduced to the structure and rigor of the number one public research University, and acquire the toolkit that will further put them on the path of academic success. Along the way, they will foster meaningful academic and social connections with peers, staff, and faculty. 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 Cal.
Make the Golden Bear Leap to Success! Join a community of scholars committed to academic excellence and gain a compettitive edge!!!



The Scholars

Bridge scholars are newly admitted Berkeley freshman who have already met (or exceeded) UC Berkeley's high admission standards. They are among the most outstanding high school graduates in the U.S. and around the world.

The 368 scholars who participated in Bridge 2015:

  • Received admission to all five (5) academic colleges and over 60 majors;

  • Recipients of the Achievement Award, Berkeley Science (S-STEM) Network, Gates Millennium, Intercollegiate Athletics, MasterCard Foundation, Scholar Athletes, Cal Opportunity, and Regents & Chancellors Scholars

  • Hailed from over 29 California counties, 12 different U.S. states, and International scholars from 16 different countries;

  • Represented more than 30 linguistic frames and over 70 ethnic backgrounds.

The Advantage

Bridge scholars receive a competitive advantage over their freshman peers. They complete the Summer Bridge Program with:

  • Early Completion of U.C. Berkeley Coursework—Scholars will have the opportunity to complete up to eight (9) units of coursework toward their graduation requirements and UC GPA, prior to the start of their Freshman year. 

  • Academic and Social Support System—powerful network of faculty, advisors, tutors, and peer/scholars, that endures throughout their academic (and often professional) tenure

  • Early Campus Orientation and Resources – Scholars gain a better understanding of faculty expectations and University culture. They learn how to access and navigate Cal1, library/ research databases, residential life, and more!

For more information about Program Objectives click here.

Enrollment Information

Complete the following three steps, in order:

• Submit your Statement of Intent to Register
• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or California Dream Act Application for BOTH 2015-16 and 2016-17
• Submit your Summer Bridge Program Application

Enrollment opens on March 28, 2016 and fills on a first-come, first-served basis, with a final application deadline of May 8, 2016 (note: this is the extended deadline). Applications from scholars who did not receive a formal invitation to Bridge will be placed on a waitlist, pending available space.

Frequently Asked Questions

How many scholars attend Bridge?

Between 350-400 scholars participate each summer; more than 7200 scholars have completed Bridge since 1973.

When does Bridge take place?

Bridge 2016 begins Wendesday, June 22 and concludes Friday, August 5; international scholars and student athletes arrive 1-2 days early. . More at Move-In

What requirements do Bridge courses fulfill?

All Bridge courses count toward total units required to graduate, and many fulfill University and/or college requirements. More at Course Offerings

Do Bridge scholars choose their own courses?

Scholars are placed in courses that are selected for them individually by the Summer Bridge Placement Committee. More at Course Placement

How much does it cost to attend Bridge?

The total cost of participation is between $5,500-$6,500; financial aid is available for those who qualify. More at Paying for Bridge

Do Bridge scholars attend CalSO?

Yes, a full CalSO session is built into Bridge Orientation Week. More at Orientation

Where do Bridge scholars live?

Bridge scholars live communally in a shared residential complex one block from campus. More at Contracts

How many meals do Bridge scholars receive?

The Bridge meal plan includes 16 meals and 30 points per week. More at Dining

What health and wellness services are available?

University Health Services and the Recreational Sports Facility are both available to Bridge scholars on a fee-for-service basis. More at Health & Wellness

How are scholars with disabilities supported?

Academic and housing accommodations are provided to meet the individual needs of each scholar. More at Accommodations

What is the difference between Bridge and Freshman Edge?

Both programs provide a transitional experience, but differ in their dates, courses, costs, and housing. More at Bridge or Edge?