What is "Bridge"?

What is "Bridge"?

According to our grant guidelines, "TRiO Upward Bound Programs may provide a summer bridge component to Upward Bound participants who have graduated from secondary school and intend to enroll in an institution of higher education in the following fall term. A summer Bridge component provides participants with services and activities, including college courses, that aid in the transition from secondary education to postsecondary education".

How Do I Apply? Download and carefully read each of the below documents.

  1. Bridge Program Letter (PDF)
  2. Bridge Program Application Due as a MS Word attachment by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
  3. Forward copies of all acceptance, wait-list, deny and scholarship letters to the UB Office by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
  4. Lead a center meeting activity in consultation with your AT prior to Friday, March 15th.
  5. AT Recommendation Due as a MS Word attachment sent directly from your AT by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.
  6. Complete the Senior Survey (link to be posted) by Tuesday, April 1, 2014.

What Can I Do Now? You can't Bridge unless you have a college or university to "bridge" to, so the SAT/ACT and college applications should be your #1 and #2 priorities this fall. Attend your center meetings regularly and attend Senior Seminar Series events as appropriate for you and your family's needs. The development of this series is a direct result of feedback from former alumni and has been designed to meet your unique needs as a senior!

Refer to your TRiO UB@BU Requirements Handout which lists in detail all of the responsibilities of Bounders from the time they enter the program through their graduation from high school. If you have followed and continue to follow these guidelines, you are well on your well to meeting many of the Bridge Program criteria.

Remember the road to Bridge began when you first enrolled in TRiO UB@BU and includes your journey along the way! As discussed in your summer Senior Seminar Class.

What's This About Leading a Center Meeting Activity? Your facilitation of a center meeting activity must be documented both on your application and recommendation form. Do not leave this piece of the application until the last minute. Start thinking about your activity, the objective(s) you plan to address and make plans with your Academic Tutor for you to implement the activity at a February or early March meeting. This activity MUST take place prior to the March 15th application deadline.

Why Can't all Seniors Bridge? We consider the Bridge program to be an honor, awarded to students who have demonstrated a commitment to TRiO UB@BU throughout their high school career. This commitment is demonstrated in many ways; through attendance, active program participation, serving as a role model to your peers, following program guidelines, making academic progress and much more.

The majority of our seniors have made such a commitment and therefore narrowing it down will be a tall order for our staff. The college tuition, fees, room and board for a Bridge student totals approximately $3,000. Add textbooks, academic stipends and travel costs associated with educational field experiences and that total is much closer to $3,500 per Bridge student - so cost plays a very big factor as well.

I'll Never Make it, so Why Bother Applying? If you feel that you have given TRiO UB@BU your best, then that would be a very unfortunate decision. You never know unless you try. Don't sell yourself short. Granted, there will be qualified applicants that we will be unable to accept, however if you choose not to apply at all, you not only guarantee that you won't be a part of the Bridge program, you make the process less competitive for your peers.

What if my Family is Planning a Vacation this Summer? While TRiO UB@BU may choose to excuse an absence during the traditional summer program — absences for Bridge students are not permitted. Bridge students take six credits of college level coursework in a six week period, as a result, content that would normally be spread out over a sixteen week semester is condensed into a six week session - complete with readings, homework, quizzes and final exams.

What are the Bridge Program Dates for Summer 2014? Monday, June 30, 2014 - Friday, August 8, 2014. Move-in will take place Sunday, June 22, during the weekend prior to the start of classes. Bridge students are required to complete summer freshmen orientation Monday, June 23. Bridge students may be assigned to a building other than North Hall, in which case Bridge students would room together but live on a wing with other summer college students.

What if the College I Want to Attend Offers Me Summer Admission? It is important to remember that Bridge is six credits while a college acceptance is the opportunity to earn a four year degree! Earning this degree is what your TRiO Upward Bound journey has been all about. A college acceptance, be it summer, fall or spring, is your chance to earn a degree and open countless doors in the future. The possibility of a Bridge summer should in no way impact anyone's choice of college.

Bridge Questions Remaining? E-mail Tony or call 570-389-4280.