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Summer Bridge

About Bridge

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.

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:


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.

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 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!


Scholars looking to enroll in Bridge must first accept their offer of admissions via My Application Portal. Once you have accepted your offer, you will be able to sign up for Bridge via the same portal. Click here to access the Bridge Enrollment Form (sign-in to My Application Portal required)

The deadline to accept your offer of admission is May 1, 2019

The deadline to submit the Bridge Enrollment Form is May 17, 2019.  

IMPORTANT: To be considered for federal financial aid for summer 2019, scholars must complete the FASFA or California Dream Act applications for 2018-19. Your aid application for 2019-20 is effective for aid beginning with fall 2019. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

How many scholars attend Bridge?

Up to 400 scholars participate each summer; more than 7200 scholars have completed Bridge since 1973.

When does Bridge take place?

Bridge 2019 instruction begins Monday, July 8th and concludes Friday, August 16th. Scholars will move in on Sunday, July 7th; international scholars and student-athletes typically arrive 1-2 days earlier than other scholars. 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. 

Do Bridge scholars choose their own courses?

With guidance from the program, scholars select the two courses that will best position them for academic and future career success. 

How much does it cost to attend Bridge?

The total cost of participation is between $6,787-$7,703; financial aid is available for those who qualify. 

Where do Bridge scholars live?

Bridge scholars live in a campus residential complex just one block from campus. 

How many meals do Bridge scholars receive?

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

Are health and wellness services available?

University Health Services and the Recreational Sports Facility are both available to scholars. 

How are scholars with disabilities supported?

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

What is the difference between Bridge and Freshman Edge?

Both programs provide a high-quality transitional experience for first-year undergraduates but vary in scope. Bridge comes with a built-in suite of academic support services, advising, and peer counseling designed to further enable scholars to Make the Golden Bear Leap to Success. No other summer programs at Cal offer the same level of high-touch support as Bridge.