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Summer Bridge Program

Summer Bridge Program
Summer Bridge offers entering freshmen a unique academic and social experience that introduces them to UC Berkeley’s rich tradition of intellectual excellence. Students are immersed in a rigorous six-week academic residential program designed to enhance their ability to access and leverage the vast resources and opportunities available at a top tiered research University. Additionally, scholars are afforded the ability to build a comprehensive network of support with faculty, graduate students, college advisors, and academic counselors and create a community among peers. The Summer Bridge Program is a life-changing opportunity for newly admitted Berkeley scholars to invest in their future academic and professional success.
***Summer Bridge 2016 Begins Wednesday, June 22 and Concludes Friday, August 5. Enrollment Opens Friday, March 25.

Who are Summer Bridge 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.

What are the advantages of attending Summer Bridge?

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.

What do Summer Bridge scholar alumni say about the Program?

Cal Basketball Press Conference (10/29/15): Ivan Rabb and Jaylen Brown Talk About Their 2015 Summer Bridge Experience

What are the Summer Bridge programmatic objectives?

  • Expose scholars to the academic and social demands of a research University.

  • Deliver a rigorous academic curriculum that moves scholars outside of their comfort zone, so that they may further develop as thinkers with the ability to master their chosen field of study.

  • Introduce scholars to the vast resources and opportunities available to them at U.C. Berkeley.

  • Facilitate peer intellectual exchange and collaboration.

What are the four main components to the Summer Bridge Program?

How do scholars enroll in Summer Bridge?

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 Enrollment Form

Enrollment opens on March 28, 2016 and fills on a first-come, first-served basis, with a final application deadline of May 1, 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 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?