Summer Bridge Program
The five-week summer residential experience focuses on giving incoming college freshmen an opportunity to achieve a smooth transition to college life. This holistic approach consists of two main components: academic activities and life skills seminars. Academic activities are performed Monday through Friday in a classroom and/or laboratory setting from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Life skills seminars are scheduled Monday through Thursday from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Study habits used to achieve high grade averages in high school frequently do not work as well in the college setting. The Summer Bridge Program will help the incoming college freshman in Science, Engineering and Mathematics (SEM) adapt to the academic, social, and emotional pressures experienced in the transition from high school to college.
The Bridge Program seeks to provide a unique educational experience for each student. In addition to classroom instruction, students have the opportunity to hear outstanding speakers and to participate in mentorships and seminars. The participants receive complete schedules of all activities with their manuals, and copies are available for parents or guardians.
Students selected to attend the High-School-to-College Bridge program do so at no major cost to their families. Support is provided by funding from the National Science Foundation and The University of Mississippi. Dorm room, supplies, and a meal card are provided for each student. The students only need money for laundry and other personal expenses.