Summer Bridge Program
UNIVERSITY OF MISSISSIPPI
FRESHMAN and SUMMER BRIDGE ORIENTATION
We recommend that all students selected for the Summer Bridge Program attend the scheduled UM Orientation session in Mid June (date announced yearly). During that session, you will sign up for two 3-hour courses for the second summer term. If you must sign up for one of the earlier UM Orientation sessions in order to get into the classes you want in the fall, this is understandable. However, in order for you to participate in Summer Bridge, it is mandatory that you attend Summer Bridge Orientation to meet the LSMAMP/Summer Bridge staff, and be introduced to your assigned mentor/counselor. Each participant will be responsible for getting his/her ID from ID Center during Freshman Orientation or during the first week of Summer Bridge. Please remember that the University Freshmen Orientation is totally different from the Summer Bridge Orientation.
The residential life experience is an integral part of the college experience. Bridge students from previous years report that the opportunity to get a "head start" on residence hall life is one of the benefits of the Summer Bridge Program. Living in a residence hall is an exciting opportunity that requires self-discipline, compatibility with other students from different backgrounds, and a high degree of responsibility. The mentors and residence hall counselors are constantly available to assist students during this five weeks of group living. They will offer support as needed so that each student will have a successful experience. An important part of this adjustment is an understanding by participants of the hall rules and standards of conduct that are designed to provide a high degree of civility, stability, and security. An orderly, clean, and comfortable living area supports and enhances the learning atmosphere and benefits everyone. The mentors and counselors are trained by university staff. They are required to follow the guidelines for all Residence Hall Advisors and will seek additional help as required. Residence hall rules and regulations will be discussed in detail during the residence life seminar and each student will receive a guide outlining policies and rules.