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Summer Bridge

Make the Golden Bear Leap to Success!

Summer Bridge serves a diverse and global community of entering undergraduates in a holistic 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, and emboldens them to take ownership of their academic journey. 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. 

 

Bridge Objectives

Upon completion of the program, scholars will be able to:

  • Navigate the academic rigor and demands of Cal;

  • Attend to their intellectual, psychological, and physical well-being;

  • Leverage the University's resources and connections to enhance their academic journey;

  • Master the mindset and learning strategies required for lifelong success.

Bridge Components

There are four components to Bridge, all working in tandem to ensure scholars’ successful transition to Cal:

Academics

Scholars will enroll in three academic courses, including a Personal Wellness seminar, for a total of 7-9 units. All courses count toward graduation requirements and UC GPA. Courses are taught by taught by professors, academic specialists, as well as Graduate Student Instructors. Click here for a complete list of course offerings. 

Advising and Counseling

Scholars will have access to a network of professional advisors and counselors to assist them with a wide range of topics, including academic and social adjustment, course planning, major selection, as well research and internship opportunities.

Academic Resources

Scholars will be plugged into a comprehensive network of peer academic support via the Student Learning Center.  Moreover, they will have access to peer advising via campus partners such as the Athletics Study Center, Disabled Students Program, Educational Opportunity Program, Gender and Equity Resource CenterHope Scholars Program, Undocumented Student Program, etc.  

Residential Life

Scholars will form a living and learning community in the University residential halls, allowing them to foster life-long friendships and connections. Professional and student staff live on-site to facilitate programming to further bolster their sense of belonging at Cal.

Bridge Advantages

Scholars will receive a competitive advantage over their peers, leaving the program with:

  • Early Completion of U.C. Berkeley Coursework: Scholars will complete up to nine (9) units of coursework toward their graduation requirements and UC GPA, prior to the start of their freshman year. 

  • Academic and Social Support System: Scholars will have access to a powerful network of faculty, advisors, tutors, and peer scholars that can last throughout their academic (and often professional) tenure

  • Early Campus Orientation and Resources: Scholars will be able to access and navigate Cal1, library and research databases, residential life, and more!

Enrollment 

Scholars looking to enroll in Bridge must first submit their Statement of Intent to Register (SIR). Once you have done so, you will be able to create an official UC Berkeley email account, or bMail, through which you can view and submit your Bridge Enrollment Form. The deadline to SIR and to turn in the Bridge Enrollment form is 11:59PM May 2, 2016. (Note: Applications from scholars who did not receive a formal invitation will be considered on a first come, first served basis).

Detailed instructions for enrollment are as follow:

  • Create your Berkeley Calnet ID and bConnected accounts via the link provided to you in Cal Central. Please allow up to 24 hours for your Calnet ID and accounts to be activated. Click here for additional support.  

  • Log into your bMail account to fill out the Summer Bridge Enrollment Form. (Be sure to log out of your personal Gmail account).

  • To be considered for financial aid, complete the FASFA or California Dream Act applications for BOTH 2015-16 and 2016-17. 

If you have any questions or encounter any difficulty completing the form, please don't hesitate to contact Namson Ngo-Le at namsonia@berkeley.edu. You can also check here for a list of common enrollment form errors. 

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 Wednesday, 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?