Summer Bridge serves a globally diverse community of entering undergraduates in a holistic eight-week academic residential program. Scholars are introduced to the structure and rigor of the research university, provided with opportunities to foster meaningful academic and social connections, and emboldened to take ownership of their academic journey. Scholars enroll in two credit-bearing courses and all have access to a comprehensive suite of academic support, advising, and peer counseling to ensure successful transition to 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!