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Summer Bridge Program

Start your college career at WNE in July with the Summer Bridge Program!

The Summer Bridge Program aims to help students feel prepared to successfully navigate the rigors of college and assist them through the transition from high school to WNE.

Participants in the Summer Bridge Program will live on campus for six weeks this summer and take two 3-credit courses, working closely with the Academic Success Center. All students will also be matched with a Summer Bridge Mentor.

Why Participate?

  • Earn 6 credits over the summer
  • Work with your advising team to ensure a smooth transition into your academic career at WNE
  • Have a better understanding of all the campus resources available to support you
  • Feel a deeper sense of belonging and connection to the Western New England University campus and community
  • Be matched with a current student mentor who can help you learn what being a Golden Bear truly means
  • Opportunities to participate in Success workshops and Career Exploration experiences throughout the program

Summer Bridge Program 2021 runs from July 6 through August 14. Participants are required to attend the entirety of the program.

All first-year students currently admitted and deposited for the fall are eligible to participate in the Summer Bridge Program.

Application and Application Process
Applications will be available starting April 15. Applications are due on May 26. All decision letters will be released the first week of June.


  • Tuition costs: $2,700 ($450 per credit hour—6 credits)
  • Room and Board: Free
  • Total Cost: $2,700

Summer Bridge Timeline

  • July 5: Move In
  • Jul 6-7: SOAR and first day of classes
  • July 8-August 13: Classes will run throughout each week. Students will have structured weekends with social activities hosted by Student Involvement and Leadership.
  • August 13: Last day of classes
  • August 14: Celebration and move out. (Students starting pre-season will be contacted by the Department of Athletics with further information about moving to fall housing.)


COVID-19 Guidance

All Summer Bridge Program students are required to participate in the University’s COVID-19 testing protocols and will be required to either provide a negative PCR test or have full vaccination prior to starting. Summer Bridge Program students will have single rooms for the duration of the program. All students will also be required to abide by the University’s COVID-19 safety guidance and travel advisories.

Where will I live?

At WNE, Summer Bridge Program participants are housed in a single residence hall close to the center of campus. All students will have a single occupancy room and a shared bathroom. The Summer Bridge Mentors and Residence Life staff will live in the building as well.

Who do I contact if I am an athlete with pre-season training or am interested in trying out for a team?

Please contact the Department of Atheltics and the head coach for the specific team.

What if I only want to take one class? or What if I am only able to afford one class?

All Summer Bridge Program participants are required to be enrolled in two 3-credit courses. If you are unable to afford the two courses, please speak to Enrollment Services about what your options are.

Will I have to buy any books or access codes?

Yes, you will have to purchase books and/or access codes. Once you are accepted to the Summer Bridge Program, you will receive more information about book lists. If you have the option to enroll in a non-Summer Bridge course, you will have to purchase all the required texts.

Will I have an academic advisor?

All Western New England University students are assigned a University Advisor and Faculty Advisor who will guide them through the program and throughout their time as an undergraduate student at WNE. You will have to opportunity to meet and connect with your University Advisor as part of the Summer Bridge Program.

Will there be academic support during the Summer Bridge Program?

Yes. The Academic Success Center will have peer tutors available for summer courses. The Academic Success Center will also host regular academic success workshops with the Summer Bridge Program cohort to develop skills and explain the resources.

How will these credits count for graduation requirements?

Summer Bridge Program credits count the same as any other credit. The Summer Bridge Program is designed to help create the foundational knowledge to be successful in upper-level courses.

Will these courses be factored into my GPA?

Yes, any courses you enroll in at WNE will impact your GPA.