Summer Bridge Program

What is the Summer Bridge program?

Incoming freshmen (and transfers in the College of Science and Mathematics) starting Fall 2021 are eligible to participate in Montclair State’s Summer Bridge Program and earn up to seven credits. You get a head start – and best of all, it is completely free!

In addition to the 5-week Summer Bridge Program, we’re pleased to also offer two-week workshop-style readiness programs for incoming students in the College of Science and Mathematics (CSAM), free of charge. Students may participate in person or online. Unlike the 5-week program, students do not earn credits for these readiness programs.

Register for the 5-Week Summer Bridge Program Register for the CSAM Summer Readiness Program

You must register by May 18th. After registration, students will be placed into courses based on their academic major. Students will receive an official schedule by mid-June.

5-Week Summer Bridge Program

What is the 5-Week Summer Bridge Program?

The Summer Bridge program is a five-week, on-campus program from July 6th to August 5th. Students will participate in classes and activities Monday through Thursday of each week. There will be limited space for virtual courses which will be prioritized for international students and students who are not able to live on campus and are not within a commutable distance.

Summer Bridge is designed to help our students, many of whom participated in hybrid or fully remote learning for the past year, re-acclimate to in-person instruction. The program will also give students the advantage of becoming oriented with the University before their first semester officially begins this fall, and earning credits that will count towards their degree.

Students enrolled in the program will:

  • Earn up to 7 college credits towards their degree by taking courses in their major (or general education)
  • Have the opportunity to participate in workshops and programming sponsored by their major and Student Development and Campus Life
  • Meet other new Red Hawks, faculty, staff, and current students
  • Get a jump start on your degree and college experience
  • Have breakfast and lunch provided
  • Get the opportunity to live on campus (if vaccinated) with housing and dinner provided at no cost

Register for the 5-Week Summer Bridge Program by May 18th.

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What would my schedule look like?

Mondays & Wednesdays

  • 8 AM – 8:50 AM Breakfast
  • 9 AM – 12:10 PM Class A
  • 12:15 – 1:30 PM Lunch, free and provided by the University, and Break
  • 1:30 – 4:00 PM Freshman Seminar and tutoring services
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Dinner for residential students

Tuesdays & Thursdays

  • 8 AM – 8:50 AM: Breakfast
  • 9 AM – 12:10 PM Class B
  • 12:15 – 1:30 PM Lunch, free and provided by the University, and Break
  • 1:30 – 4:00 PM Workshop or Student Life activity and tutoring services
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Dinner for residential students
Who is eligible for this program?

The 5-Week Summer Bridge Program is for incoming, deposited freshmen students for Fall 2021. Please note: Nursing majors, Educational Opportunity Fund students, and Health Careers Program students are not eligible for this program.

Vaccination offers the best path forward for us to offer you a vibrant campus experience this fall, one that includes in-person courses, student services and fun events.

Incoming freshmen participating in person this summer (or who will live in the residence halls) while attending one of our free summer programs must be vaccinated by June 20. This means having the second dose of your Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or first and only dose of Johnson & Johnson, by June 20.

You may register for a vaccine wherever you’d like, but appointments are available at essexcovid.org for those who live, work or go to school in Essex County.

For more information, read our Fall Vaccine FAQS page.

How do I register?

Please submit our Summer Bridge Program Commitment Form by May 18, 2021.

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After submitting the Summer Bridge Program Commitment Form, students will be placed into courses based on their academic major. Students will receive an official schedule by mid-June.

CSAM Summer Readiness Program

What is the CSAM Summer Readiness Program?

We’re pleased to offer two-week workshop-style readiness programs for incoming students in the College of Science and Mathematics, free of charge from August 9 – August 19, 2021. Students may participate in person or online. Unlike the 5-week program, students do not earn credits for these readiness programs.

Students who will be living on campus this fall are able to live on campus for the duration of the two week workshop programs, free of charge.

College of Science and Mathematics

(Students admitted to Applied Mathematics, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Environmental & Urban Studies, Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, or Sustainability Science)

Who: Incoming, deposited freshmen and transfers for Fall 2021

When: August 9 – 19, 2021, 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM Monday-Thursday

Through in person workshops or virtual instruction, students in this program will participate in sessions aimed to improve math, lab science, and science literacy skills. Students may participate in this program and the 5-week Summer Bridge program if they wish.

Register for the CSAM Summer Readiness Program by May 18th.

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What would my schedule look like?
  • 8:00 – 9:00 am: Breakfast
  • 9:00 – 11:00 am: Mathematics Preparation

Mathematics Professors will provide small group instruction tailored to the experience and readiness of incoming students. Workshops will also include peer-instruction from current CSAM majors who will give new students insight into how to succeed in college-level math. This workshop will be a great refresher to brush up mathematical reasoning learned in high school and strengthen concepts needed to succeed in advanced math coursework.

  • 11:00 – 12:00 pm: Lunch
  • 12:00 – 1:00 pm: Special Topics
    • Academic Advising and College TransitionsStudents will meet with their academic advisors to review their Fall course schedules, learn more about their major requirements, explore careers, and plan for the coming semesters. Sessions will also focus on the differences in high school/community college expectations and those for study at the university level, as well as time management, study skills, financial literacy, and self-motivation for success.
    • Eco-Explorers Outdoor Experiences and LearningMontclair State has a beautiful campus for learning about nature and the environmental infrastructure that supports life. These sessions will engage science and mathematics majors with fun activities that promote excitement about ecology, environmental science, and computer technology. Topics include biodiversity and wildlife ecology, water quality assessment, renewable energy and sustainability, and environmental stewardship.
    • Science Literacy and Reasoning
      What makes science different from other academic disciplines? These sessions will engage students in the process of experimental design and scientific reasoning to understand how scientists ask questions and discover new knowledge.
  • 1:00 – 3:00 pm: Science Preparation

Professors from each CSAM department will provide small group instruction tailored to the specific major of each student. Workshops will also include peer-instruction from current CSAM students who will provide insight into how to succeed in courses in their academic majors. This workshop will be a great refresher to brush up on general concepts and skills needed to succeed in college-level coursework in the major programs, and introduce new students to the kinds of hands-on learning they can expect in their major courses.

Who is eligible for this program?

The 2-Week CSAM Summer Readiness Program is for incoming, deposited freshmen and transfers for Fall 2021 who have been admitted into a College of Science and Mathematics program which includes:

Applied Mathematics, Biology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Computer Science, Data Science, Earth and Environmental Science, Geography, Environmental & Urban Studies, Marine Biology and Coastal Sciences, Mathematics, Physics, or Sustainability Science

Nursing majors, Educational Opportunity Fund students, and Health Careers Program students are not eligible for this program.

Incoming students participating in person this summer (or who will live in the residence halls) while attending one of our free summer programs must be vaccinated by June 20. This means having the second dose of your Moderna or Pfizer vaccine, or first and only dose of Johnson & Johnson, by June 20.

Vaccination offers the best path forward for us to offer you a vibrant campus experience this fall, one that includes in-person courses, student services and fun events.

You may register for a vaccine wherever you’d like, but appointments are available at essexcovid.org for those who live, work or go to school in Essex County.

For more information, read our Fall Vaccine FAQS page.

How do I register?

Please submit our College of Science and Mathematics 2-Week Commitment Form by May 18, 2021.

Register Now

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it safe to be on campus?

Yes. Montclair State has robust COVID-19 safety protocols in place to keep the community safe. To date, we have had no cases of transmission in a classroom or laboratory setting. Masks are required. Classrooms will be capped at 15 students per room to maintain social distancing. All students will complete Hawk Check, our daily symptom checker, to make sure it is safe for them to come to campus. You can learn more about our Red Hawk Restart plan here (link).

Can international students participate?

Yes – you can participate virtually. When you fill out your interest form, make sure you choose “virtual” for delivery option.

Can I participate in Summer Bridge if I am an Educational Opportunity Fund or Health Careers Program student?

Educational Opportunity Fund and Health Careers Program students have their own summer program that takes place at the same time as Summer Bridge, so it is not possible for EOF and HCP students to participate in Summer Bridge.

I have dual enrollment/AP credits that I am transferring to Montclair State. Can I still participate in Summer Bridge?

Summer Bridge may not be a fit for students transferring credits into the University. The exact courses being offered will be announced in the coming weeks, at which time we can help you see if it makes sense for you to participate.

Who can I contact with more questions?

Please feel free to contact Summer Sessions by calling 973-655-4352 or emailing summer@montclair.edu.