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Frequently Asked Questions

You've got questions, and we've got answers. Explore our collection of frequently asked questions from prospective and admitted students. We will continue to add additional FAQs related to housing and orientation once more information has been confirmed. 

FAQs - Summer Bridge

What is the Summer Bridge Scholars Program?

The Summer Bridge Scholars Program (SBSP) is a 7 week, residential, in-person program that bridges gaps in opportunity created by inequitable systems in education. This exclusive, invititation-only opportunity is an excellent opportunity for scholars to learn to leverage their academic skills in this new environment, develop a peer support network, and to familiarize themselves with the campus and its resources. 

Now in its 48th year, the Summer Bridge Scholars Program offers an intensive and supportive academic environment, small class sizes with high levels of faculty attention, and highly individualized academic advising. In addition to the academics, current U-M students (most, if not all, of whom are CSP students and/or Summer Bridge alum) will live amongst you in the residence halls and plan in-hall programming that supports community building.

 

How was I chosen for the Summer Bridge Scholars Program?

Staff from the University of Michigan Office of Undergraduate Admissions make determinations for SBSP based on a holistic review of your application, background, and interests. There is no formula for selection, but all admitted scholars are among the most competitive applicants from their high school and were strong candidates for admission.

This exclusive opportunity allows you to jump start your education with 6 college credits, build community with peers and U-M staff and faculty, and gain a competitive edge for the fall semester. 

How will the Summer Bridge Scholars Program benefit me?

Participation in SBSP will allow you to leverage your skills in this new environment and develop new skills that are pivotal to academic success at Michigan. This exclusive opportunity allows you to gain a competitive edge for the fall semester through the following:

  • You will take two courses and earn six college credits. All credits will meet specific degree requirements. As this is college coursework, these courses are graded and will be reflecte on your official University of Michigan transcript.
  • Through courses and mandatory workshops, you will begin to network with U-M staff and faculty.
  • Peer Advisors will plan in-hall programming throughout the summer to help you get to know your peers. Many of our scholars maintain this community through their U-M career. 

What is the cost of the Summer Bridge Scholars Program?

All Summer Bridge scholars will enroll in 6 credits during the summer half-term. The estimated cost of attendance for the 2023 summer half-term for a full time student (6 - 9 credits) is $8,389 for a Michigan resident and $18,034 for a non-Michigan resident. These estimates include the cost of tuition and mandatory fees, housing and meals, books and supplies, and other personal and miscellaneous expenses. 

Financial aid and scholarships are available to meet or assist with program costs for students who qualify. Learn more about both here.

When will I receive more information about the Summer Bridge Scholars Program?

Information about the Summer Bridge Scholars Program was included in your admission packet. Starting in February, correspondence with specfic details about the Summer Bridge Scholars Program will be sent to scholars via the email address scholars used when applying for admission to the University of Michigan. Additionally, you can contact us at any time at csp-bridge@umich.edu or 734-764-9128 if you have any questions or want additional information. 

How do I obtain my student ID (MCard) and uniqname in preparation for the Summer Bridge Scholars Program?

Your uniqname is your U-M user name. It is used for logging in to U-M websites, online services, systems, and more. After your enrollment deposit is received or waived, you will receive an email invitation to set up your uniqname. This email is sent to the email address that you used to apply for admission to the University of Michigan. 

Your MCard is your official University of Michigan ID card. It has many uses from building and dining hall access to use as an ATM/debit card. We encourage scholars to submit a photo to the MCard office prior to coming to campus. Scholars who submit their MCard photo prior to June 16 will receive their MCard upon check-in to the program on Saturday, June 24. Those who have not submitted a photo prior to June 16 will have a photo taken during orientation which may delay receipt of their MCard and building access. 

As a Summer Bridge scholar should I register for orientation with New Student Programs?

Yes, you will register for an orientation date with the Office of New Student Programs. There is only one date available and it corresponds with registration for your summer term courses. The full, required orientation will take place from Saturday, June 24 - Tuesday, June 27, 2023. 

Do I need to submit an immunization record? If so, where should it be sent to?

It is recommended that all incoming scholars provide the university with their immunization record, preferably at least 30 days before classes begin. For further instructions please visit https://www.uhs.umich.edu/immunization-records

Am I required to be vaccinated against Covid-19?

U-M requires all students, faculty and staff to be vaccinated and, if eligible, boosted against COVID-19 and to submit their vaccination information. The university is approving limited exemptions to the COVID-19 Vaccination Policy for medical or religious reasons.

Proof of vaccination and boosters should be reported at least one week prior to move-in on Saturday, June 24 to ensure that it is processed in time. If you are requesting an exemption, please submit this ASAP as this can take more time to be approved.

You will not be allowed to move-in to the residence halls or participate in the program, including enrollment of courses, unless you meet Covid-19 vaccination requirements or have an approved exemption.

You can report your Covid-19 vaccination/booster or request an exemption here.

You can learn more about U-M's vaccination policy here.

When do I start?

The Summer Bridge Scholars Program begins with move-in day on Saturday, June 24, 2023. This will be the first day of a mandatory four day orientation program. Scholars will be provided individual move-in times via email. Classes begin early Wednesday morning, June 28, 2023 and the program ends on Friday, August 18, 2023.

When do I register for fall courses?

In early July, scholars will meet with their Academic Advisor to begin planning and registering for fall courses. 

What courses are offered during the Summer Bridge Scholars Program?

All Summer Bridge scholars will earn 6 credits by registering for 2 courses:

CSP 100: Seminar in Academic Engagement (3 cr.)

AND one of the following courses chosen in consultation with a CSP academic advisor:

CSP 103: Foundations in Quantitative Reason (3 cr.)
CSP 105: Writing and Culture Seminar (3 cr.)

You can learn more about course offerings here. These graded credits meet specific degree requirements and will be reflected on your official U-M transcript. 

What programs and activities will I attend during SBSP?

During SBSP, scholars will participate in a few mandatory events. These events scheduled for the following dates. Additional information about mandatory events will be provided upon scholars' arrival on June 24. 

  • Orientation: June 24 - June 27
  • Two half day weekends in July, TBA
  • Closing Ceremony: August 15 (tentative)

In addition, peer advisors will host optional, program-provided evening and weekend programming in the residence halls. While these change every year, programs in the past have included movie and game nights, open-mic night, self-defense classes, resume workshops, and crafts like gratitude jars, succulent potting, friendship bracelets, slime-making, and more! 

Do parent(s)/guardian(s) have to attend the parent orientation?

Participation in the family and supporter orientation program, which will be held on June 24 from 1:00PM - 5:00PM, is encouraged. If parents, guardians, or other supporters have questions regarding the program, they are welcome to contact us at csp-bridge@umich.edu

Should I bring a vehicle to campus?

We do not recommend that scholars bring a vehicle to campus during the Summer Bridge Scholars Program. While there is no policy against freshmen having cars on campus, finding long-term parking is both challenging and expensive. All courses are within walking distance of the residence hall and near public transporation to assist scholars in getting to their destination.

Take some time to review U-M Transportation Services bus routes and schedules, and Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority MRide Program and routes and schedules

Can I work a part-time job while in the Summer Bridge Scholars Program?

Scholars should not obtain a part-time job during the 7-week program. Due to the requirements and schedule of the program, time to work a part-time job is extremely limited. Scholars with financial concerns should contact the Office of Financial Aid. Please contact them at 734-763-6600 or ofa-outreach@umich.edu. 

FAQs - Admissions

When is the enrollment deadline?

All scholars planning to attend the Summer Bridge Scholars Program and the University of Michigan must submit a $300 enrollment deposit or request a waiver by May 1. 

Requests for an enrollment deposit waiver can be made on the Undergraduate Admissions Enrollment Deposit website (scroll to the bottom of the page and click "Students Wtih Financial Inability to Pay the EDR"). 

Where do I submit my final high school transcript?

Scholars or their high schools can submit their final high school grades/transcript to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions. If a school is unable to submit a scholars transcript before June 19, 2023, they can bring a hard copy of their final report card or transcript with them on move-in day on Saturday, June 24th. Admissions representatives will be present on to collect these documents. 

Am I required to attend in the summer?

We recognize summer term admission was not what you expected. However, as your term of admission is the summer, you are required to enroll in the summer 2023 term if you plan to enroll at the University of Michigan. You are not required to enroll in classes for future spring/summer terms. 

Can I defer my admission to the fall?

Your term of admission is the summer so you cannot defer until the fall term. However, deferments are granted for a year so you can request deferment until Summer 2024.

You can learn more about how to request deferment here. Contact oua.deferment@umich.edu if you have any questions.

FAQs - Financial Aid

What do I need to submit to qualify for financial aid?

There may be a number of options available to cover the cost of your education.

To apply for financial aid, complete the following by March 31 to be considered for all aid programs:

We encourage you to visit the Office of Financial Aid website to learn more about how to apply for aid. 

Why do I have to fill out two FAFSAs?

You need to fill out two FAFSA applications as the summer term takes place in a different aid cycle than the fall/winter terms.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA is necessary to be considered for summer 2023 aid as the summer term falls in the 2022-2023 federal aid cycle. 

The 2023-2024 FAFSA allows you to be considered for aid starting for the fall 2023 term.

Where do I view my financial aid packet be available to view?

Once scholars have paid their enrollment deposit and submitted their FASFA, they can log into Wolverine Access and head to the New & Prospective Student Center, where they can locate the following financial information: 

  • Financial Aid Document Status: See what documents you have submitted and what other documents are needed to complete your financial aid application for a given year.*
  • Financial Aid Award Summary: View the financial aid awards you have received for the coming year.*
  • Financial Aid Award Notices: View and print your financial award notice (or estimated award notice).* You can also save a copy of the award notice file for emailing or printing.
  • Accept/Decline Financial Aid: Select this option to accept, decline, or reduce aid that you have received for a given year.
  • Report Additional Aid: Select this option to report other awards (such as private scholarships) that aren’t listed on your award notice or to inform us that you are not enrolling for a given term.
  • Financial Planning Calculators: See an estimate of your university bill and/or find out how much alternative loan or PLUS loan you are eligible to receive.*

If you have more information regarding your packet or financial aid please connect with the Office of Financial Aid.

*Parents and others with Friend Accounts can also view this information.

 

If I'm asked to send documentation to Financial Aid where do I send it?

Some students and families may be asked to submit additional documents to be considered for need-based U-M grants and scholarships. These can include supplemental forms, copies of federal tax returns, or other pertinent materials. When this is required, we will contact you by email.

Simply sign in to Wolverine Access to view a list of needed documents.

About Wolverine Access: This is a quick, convenient way for students and prospective students to access password-protected personal university information, including financial aid documents, financial aid notices, and student account statements. For more about using Wolverine Access and viewing your documents, visit the ITS website.

Some students who have not received a uniqname from U-M ITS can use a Friend Account to log in to Wolverine Access and view their financial aid information.

Submit your documents by doing one of the following:

  • Preferred method: Via Wolverine Access document upload 
  • In-person at the Office of Financial Aid or by mail:

2500 Student Activities Building
515 E. Jefferson St.
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1316

  • Via fax at 734-647-3081

If you have questions about this process, please email ofa-outreach@umich.edu