Summer Bridge serves a globally diverse community of entering undergraduates in a six-week academic residential program. Scholars take a full course load, including two academic courses and a mentorship program that helps them navigate the academic expectations of the research university. Bridge takes a holistic approach to supporting scholars, working to ensure that they complete the program with the skills, the disposition, and the academic connections necessary to thrive at Cal.
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.
There are four components to Bridge, all working in tandem to ensure scholars’ successful transition to Cal:
Scholars will enroll in two academic courses for a total of 6-8 units. All courses count toward graduation requirements and UC GPA. Courses are taught by professors, learning experts, 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.
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 Center, Hope Scholars Program, Undocumented Student Program, etc.
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.
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 eight (8) 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!