Summer Bridge

Summer Bridge is a six-week academic program that allows select first-time freshmen to experience the Chicago State environment prior to entering the fall term. Students selected for the program receive college-level instruction before they begin their first semester of college. Students will bridge the gap between high school and college through academic coursework and enrichment activities.  They also build relationships and network with students, faculty, and staff. Instruction and tutoring are essential to the Summer Bridge program as students take workshops in Math, Reading, and English.  Students who participate in the program have an opportunity to pass out of all developmental education courses at the institution and begin their first term taking all college-level courses. 

Bridge Workshops


Who can participate in Summer Bridge?

Summer Bridge is for incoming Chicago State University students. Priority is given to students in the University College Program.*

When is Summer Bridge?

Summer Bridge is July 1, 2015 through August 7, 2015.

How can I register?

Students must contact the Office of the First Year Experience for information about registration.

Do I have to take the placement exams?

Yes, all students must take a placement exam in Math, English, and Reading.

In how many workshops can I enroll?

Depending on your need, you may be required to register for all three workshops.

What are the attendance requirements?

Students must attend all classes. Students who miss more than two classes may be dropped.  There are no refunds.

Am I able to work while I am in the Summer Bridge Program?

Summer Bridge includes a very strict and busy schedule. We are unable to accommodate students' work schedules during the six-week program.

Is there a fee associated with Summer Bridge?

Yes there is a minimal fee. The University College program, however, offers limited scholarships for students who have financial need.

How do I pay my fee?

Students can pay fee by either going to the Cashier's Office in the Cook Administration Building, Room 212, or by clicking  HERE  to pay online.


*On a case-by-case basis, currently enrolled CSU students are allowed to participate in certain workshops.