Bridge Program Frequently Asked Questions
- What is BRIDGE?
- How can I apply to the Bridge Program?
- What other factors will affect my eligibility to be a part of the Bridge Program?
- What if I am NOT selected to participate in Bridge?
- How long is the Bridge Program and when will it take place?
- Where will I live during Bridge Academy? Do I have to pay for my own housing?
- What happens during Bridge Academy?
- If students have Bridge question, who/where do they call?
1. What is BRIDGE?
The main goal of the Bridge program is to deepen and personalize the UCSC experience. Some of you may be the first in your family to attend a university; therefore, Bridge can provide the support you may need to make a smooth transition into life at UCSC. Adjusting to the academic rigors and social challenges of campus life can be demanding; however, by participating in Bridge you will have the opportunity to work alongside committed staff, who will guide you through your first-year experience and set you up for success.
Unfortunately,due to limited capacity, the Bridge Program does not have an open application process; however, a select group of EOP freshmen will be sent an email invitation to apply. Students will be invited via email by the third week in May. The EOP uses the following criteria to select who may be invited: 1.) Must have submitted your Student Intent to Register (SIR) by the May 1 deadline. 2.) Must be a first-generation student AND 3.) Must come from a low Academic Performance Index (API statewide score of 1-4 ) CA high school. Additional criteria used: family income, SAT/ACT scores, and GPA.
If you meet the criteria, you may receive an email invitation to apply by Friday, May 11, 2016.
3. What other factors will affect my eligibility to be a part of the Bridge Program?
We highly encourage all EOP students to take the Analytical Writing Placement Exam (AWPE) prior to enrolling at UCSC in order to fulfill the Entry Level Writing Requirement (ELWR) - a University of California requirement. The exam will be administered the morning of the second Saturday in May, at testing centers throughout the state. We will be looking for AWPE scores when reviewing your application.
In addition to the AWPE, we will also be looking for math placement scores. You can take the Math Placement Exam online by visiting this page.
4. What if I am NOT selected to participate in Bridge?
If not selected, we encourage you to take a writing course and/or math course over the summer at your local community college as preparation for your first year at UCSC. You are required to take a writing core course during your first quarter at UCSC. By taking a writing course over the summer at a community college, you will be introduced to university writing; this will ease your transition into university level writing and prepare you for success in your UCSC core course. University writing and math are much more challenging than high school writing and math.
If selected to participate in the Bridge Program, you will be required to attend a 2-DAY BRIDGE PROGRAM WELCOME in the summer (July 17-19 2016) and a pre-fall component called the EOP BRIDGE ACADEMY that will begin on Tuesday, September 6-Thursday, September 15, 2016. Following the Bridge Academy will commence the year-long Bridge Program (Tuesday, September 6 - Thursday, September 15, 2016.)
We highly recommend that ALL students attend the Campus Summer Orientation on July,19, 2016. If you have already made your reservation, no further action is needed. If you have not, please contact the Campus Orientation Office right away via e-mail at email@example.com. If you are selected to participate in Bridge, we will automatically switch your summer orientation date to Tuesday, July 22.
6. Where will I live during Bridge Academy? Do I have to pay for my own housing?
When you arrive in September, you will move into your permanent housing first (the college you are affiliated with and the dorm you will live in for your first year. You will receive an email from your college letting you know where you will be housed for the academic year. Once you are all set up in your dorm, you will be asked to pack a small back pack with enough clothes, personal toiletries, and bedding that will get you through the first week of Bridge Academy. All Bridge students will be housed at Merrill College for the duration of Bridge Academy. EOP covers your room and board for Bridge Academy so there is no cost to you.
7. What happens during Bridge Academy?
Bridge Academy will include: An intensive university writing preparation course, mathematics review and placement, academic success workshops, an introduction to pertinent campus resources, team- and community-building opportunities, tours of UCSC, introduction to EOP staff and student staff, and the opportunity to build life-long relationships with other Bridge participants.
8. If students have Bridge questions, who/where do they call?
Email Mario Wash, EOP Academic Counselor & Bridge Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org