Summer Bridge

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Jumpstart Your Life As A Longhorn

Summer Bridge, an invitation-only program at The University of Texas at Austin, provides incoming freshman with tools and resources to jumpstart their first year on campus.

Taking place during the second summer session at UT Austin, participants receive a fully funded academic experience that's grounded in community and provides a head start on life as a Longhorn — launching them into freshman year by becoming familiar with college life, campus resources and more.

Current Summer Bridge students can find more information about the program at:

By Participating in Summer Bridge, Students:

  • Receive the Summer Bridge Scholarship (approximately $5,000), which covers program fees, including tuition, housing, meals, placement tests, and a spending stipend.
  • Take one math course and one composition course depending on the college or school, major, test scores and academic history, including any dual or AP exam credit.
  • Receive an additional $1,000 scholarship at the end of the summer upon successful completion of courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.
  • Live on campus with other Summer Bridge students, building a vibrant learning community.

Get a Head Start on the UT Experience:

  • Earn up to six credit hours at UT before the fall semester.
  • Start building relationships with professors, administrators, staff, and peer mentors, creating a unique support system.
  • Gain an edge over other incoming freshman with early access and exposure to campus life and resources.
  • Build a small community among Summer Bridge peers, developing lifelong friendships.

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Answering Your Questions

When is Summer Bridge?

  • Summer Bridge runs Saturday, July 12, 2014 – Tuesday, August 19, 2014, which coincides with the university’s second summer session.

Why was I invited to apply for Summer Bridge?

  • You were invited to Summer Bridge because you have been identified as one of our high-priority students who would benefit from a small learning community and an early start to your academic career.

When will final decisions be made?

  • Because we are reviewing decisions on a rolling basis, we cannot provide an exact date. We do, nonetheless, plan to make final decisions by late May.

Can I apply to Summer Bridge if I was not invited?

  • Unfortunately, Summer Bridge applications are on an invitation-basis only. That being said, we are sending out invitations on a rolling basis as students continue to commit to the university. If you did not receive an invitation and would like to see if you are eligible, please check with Dr. Rodolfo Jimenez, Assistant Director of Summer Bridge, at In your email, please provide your full name and EID.

How much does Summer Bridge cost?

  • Students involved in the program will incur little to no cost. Participants receive the Summer Bridge Scholarship (approximately $5,000), which covers program fees including tuition, housing, meals, placement tests, and a spending stipend. We also understand that many students work during the summer to generate income to help offset college expenses. In order to account for this, the Summer Bridge program will give students an additional $1,000 scholarship at the end of the summer upon successful completion of their courses with a cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher.

How does the Summer Bridge scholarship work?

  • The Summer Bridge scholarship (valued at $5,000) includes tuition/fees, housing, and a meal card, which we will pay for on your behalf. After these associated costs are paid for by the Summer Bridge Program from the $5,000 scholarship, there will be a small stipend (paid directly to you) that will reimburse you for your orientation fees, cover the costs of textbooks, as well as provide spending money to use as needed throughout your stay.

Where do Summer Bridge students live during the program?

  • By registering for Summer Bridge, students are automatically placed in on-campus housing during the six-week program. Students will be notified of their housing arrangement prior to their arrival in July. We will notify you by e-mail of your check-in time and location as the date gets closer.

What courses are offered during Summer Bridge?

  • Students will take courses based on the college the student was admitted to and their academic history (including any dual or AP credits). Most participants will be enrolled in one math/science course and one composition course. Students in the College of Engineering will be enrolled in a math course, an engineering supplemental course, and a visuospatial course.

What courses will I take in Summer Bridge?

  • The courses that you will take are determined by the college or school you have been accepted into and/or want to end up in. These courses were chosen because they will provide a credit or flag that you will need to graduate within four years. Most students will take the following:
    • Students admitted into the Cockrell School of Engineering will take differential calculus (M 408K), an engineering math supplement (GE 207R), and a spatial visualization course (GE 119).
    • Students who are admitted into the College of Natural Sciences, Jackson School of Geosciences, or School of Nursing will take introductory statistics (SSC 302) and rhetoric/writing (RHE 306/RHE 309S).
    • All other students (e.g., College of Liberal Arts, College of Fine Arts, Moody College of Communications, School of Architecture, College of Education, and School of Social Work) will take an introductory physical science course (PS 303) and rhetoric/writing (RHE 306/RHE 309S).


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Dr. Charles Lu, Director
Summer Bridge Program