Summer Bridge Program

Last Updated 03/28/2024

Many high school graduates are admitted to college and indicate intention to matriculate in the fall term, but do not show up on campus—this is known as “summer melt.”  One approach to addressing summer melt and boosting matriculation are summer bridge programs offered by higher education institutions. These programs vary among institutions but typically offer the opportunity for learners to enhance their academic skills, foster a sense of belonging among peers (social networking), and navigate the array of resources on campus—before the start of the academic year. The aim of bridge programs is to improve learners’ access and success.

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