Since 1975, the Summer Bridge Scholars Program (SBSP) has provided a supportive community to assist scholars in transitioning to the University of Michigan. SBSP is limited to a select group of students each year. Now in its forty-second year, the Summer Bridge Scholars Program offers intensive academic preparation, highly individualized academic advising and the personal attention of faculty in an intensive, yet nurturing environment during the summer. Bridge scholars have an excellent opportunity to strengthen their academic skills, develop a peer support network and to familiarize themselves with the campus and its resources.
Bridge scholars enroll in three University of Michigan courses: English, mathematics, and a first-year seminar. These courses are credit-bearing, academically rigorous and become part of the scholar’s official University of Michigan transcript. Also, each Bridge scholar is assigned an academic advisor. This advisor will serve as a resource for course selection and scheduling, career planning, and all other academic matters from the scholar’s orientation until they graduate. Each course, community event and opportunities that scholars participate in all focus on fostering a community that supports the scholar’s mindset, self-efficacy, motivation, and sense of belonging.