Summer Bridge


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What We Do

Summer Bridge serves a globally diverse community of entering undergraduates in a  six-week academic program. Scholars take a full course load, including two academic courses and a mentorship program, to gain early and deep exposure to the rigor and expectations of the #1 public research university. Bridge strives for a rigorous, comprehensive approach, working to ensure that students complete the program with the skills, the confidence, and the connections necessary to thrive at Cal. 

Our Philosophy 

For over four decades, we have worked to demystify academic success at the research university. At the core of our work lies the conviction that through rigorous instruction and thoughtful academic support, anyone can thrive at Cal. We help students achieve by honoring their diverse starting points, taking seriously their academic aspirations, and working hard to ensure they possess the tools to navigate the formal curriculum and the hidden demands of the research university.

Bridge Objectives

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

  1. Navigate the academic rigor and demands of Cal;
  2. Attend to their intellectual, psychological, and physical well-being;
  3. Leverage the University's resources and connections to enhance their academic experience;
  4. Practice the mindset and learning strategies required for lifelong success.

Bridge Advantages

Scholars will receive a competitive advantage over their first-year peers, entering the Fall semester with:

  1. 6-8 course credits that count toward their UC GPA & breadth requirements
  2. A solid academic and social support system
  3. Broad exposure to campus resources 
  4. First-hand knowledge of what it takes to succeed at Cal

Bridge at a Glance

Bridge was founded at Cal in 1973 and has served over 7000 students since its inception. Our participants hail from a multiplicity of places in the world. The 2015 cohort, for instance, spoke 35 languages, came from 29 California counties and 12 American states, and represented 16 countries. Additionally, roughly 2/3 of participants are Pell grant and/or Dream Act eligible and 70% are the first in their families to attend college. 

The program is managed by the Student Learning Center, through collaborative partnerships with over 60 departments on campus, including the Athletic Study Center, the Educational Opportunity Program, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Financial Aid Office, and Residential Life. Check out our full history here.

Connect With Us

Cara Stanley | Program Director

143 César E. Chávez Student Center

General Inquiries

Facebook: @UCBerkeley.SummerBridge