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What is the USC Summer Bridge Program?

beachThe USC Summer Bridge Program allows incoming USC freshmen students to take one college course and adjust to campus life during the summer following their high school graduation. Up to 43 students participate in the each Summer. Participants also attend a weekly workshop series which addresses issues in campus life and the educational process.

Who is eligible to attend Summer Bridge?

Entering USC freshmen students in the Neighborhood Academic Initiative and incoming freshmen USC students may be eligible to participate in the USC Summer Bridge Program. Invitations will be sent out to students during May.

What classes will I take in Summer Bridge?

Students will enroll in one 4-unit Summer Bridge course. This course emphasizes the development of the fundamental learning strategies and critical thinking skills which are essential for success in college as you transition into your freshmen year.

Can you tell me more about each of the classes I’ll be taking?

GSEM 120. Seminar in Humanistic InquiryInterpretation and analysis of works of the imagination, exploring language, thought, and cultural traditions in relation to one another. (Satisfies GE-B, Humanistic Inquiry). Letter Graded.(Eight contact hours per week.)

BIOLOGY/ENGINEERING – Both courses introduce students to the structure and dynamics of a college-level introductory biology or engineering courses (based on your major), including both the lecture and laboratory components. Using active learning tools and strategies for managing and studying course material presented over the course of the summer, students will begin to develop their own personalized approach to studying biology/engineering at USC (3.67 contact hours per week). Courses are not letter graded.

Student Learning and Motivation: Succeeding in College.  To gain important tools to understand how you are motivated as a student, how to set up a study environment that benefits you, and how/when to ask for help. (3.67 hours per week).  Course is not letter graded.

I hear that classes are large at USC, how big will my Bridge classes be?

rollercoasterThe classes are relatively small with a lot of student-faculty interaction.

How many students will be admitted to Bridge?

We accept up to 48 students each summer into the program this year.

When and what time are the courses offered?

Participants will attend the second term of USC’s summer session which begins during the second week of June through the last week of July. Students will enroll in one intensive course concentrating on college writing. Classes are Monday through Thursday from 9:30 am to 5 pm (includes several breaks).

Where will I live during Summer Bridge?

You will be living a dorm on campus conveniently near your classes.

How much will it cost for me to attend Summer Bridge and what is included?

parkParticipants with high financial need will be eligible to receive tuition assistance for up to one 4-unit courses, course readers and e-books.

How do I apply for Summer Bridge?

Incoming USC freshmen students are invited to participate in the Bridge Program on a first-come, first served basis. Students must submit their applications via email as attachments to our office at their earliest convenience. Students who choose to participate must complete and return a completed Summer Bridge enrollment contract and submit a copy of proof of medical insurance.

Why should I attend Bridge?

If you participate in the Bridge Program, you will cultivate friendships with peers in your freshman class that may last throughout your college career. In addition, you will have the opportunity to “jump start” your academic career and gain the skills necessary to excel in your chosen major.

Can I work during Summer Bridge?

Since the Bridge Program is an academic immersion program, students are prohibited for working throughout the program. This includes weekends.

Do I have to attend orientation before I begin the Bridge program?

Students interested in the program must sign up for an Orientation as soon as possible. Please note that the Orientation fills up very quickly.

Is there anything else I should know about the program?

Since this is an academic immersion program, you will need to study, to complete your assignments, and to access USC Libraries website for journal articles and reference books.  There will be weekend activities to aid your transition to student life on campus.

Want to learn more and/or apply now?

Please contact Dr. David Glasgow via email at  for questions.