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Summer Bridge Program

What is the Summer Bridge program?

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

Registration for the 5-Week Summer Bridge Program has been closed. 

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

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 6 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, lunch and dinner provided
  • Get the opportunity to live on campus (if vaccinated) with housing and dinner provided at no cost

Registration for the 5-Week Summer Bridge Program has been closed. 

What would my schedule look like?

Your schedule will look similar to the tentative schedule below:

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 Workshop or Student Life Activity and Tutoring Services
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM Dinner free and provided by the University

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 free and provided by the University
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.

If you do not meet the June 20th vaccination deadline, you cannot participate in the in-person program.

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?

Registration for the 5-Week Summer Bridge Program has been closed. 

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.

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.

If you do not meet the June 20th vaccination deadline, you cannot participate in the in-person program.

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.

Request to Drop

Please complete this Summer Bridge Program – Request to Drop form if you no longer wish to participate in the Summer 2021 Summer Bridge Program.

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. 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?

Yes!

If I dorm on campus for the Summer Bridge program since it’s Monday- Thursday can I come home at the end of the day Thursday and come back Monday morning?

YES. Weekly checkout on Thursdays required, check back in on Sunday afternoon.

Are students allowed to bring a car to campus?

YES and parking is FREE this summer.

Is there a dinner plan available?

Dinner is available and free of charge to all in-person participants.

Are the dorms shared?

Students will be housed in doubles with a roommate.

What happens after I register?

Students receive a confirmation email after registering for the program. Students will be placed into courses for the Summer Bridge Program and will receive a schedule in mid-June.

If I signed up for orientation and it falls on the same day as a class what do I do?

Students will be required to attend the Summer Bridge Student Virtual Orientation on June 23 or June 24th from 9:00am-12:30pm.

When will the course offerings be announced for the Summer Bridge Program?

Students will be placed into courses based on their major, these courses will be counted toward graduation credits.

If I participate virtually, does that mean I have to join classes via Zoom or will I just get assigned work to complete?

The online courses will have a mix of synchronous and asynchronous work.

Are the events from 1:30 pm-4:00 pm required?

The afternoon activities – Academic Support, Tutoring, and Workshops are highly recommended.

Will I be able to choose which two courses I would like to take over the summer or will they be assigned to me?

Courses will be assigned to each student and students will receive a schedule in mid-June.

Will there be courses offered for students who are accepted into the Honors Program?

Yes!

If I completed the interest form, do I need to complete the Registration/Commitment Form?

Yes!

Is it possible to opt out of the 5-week Summer Bridge Program after the deadline?

The drop deadline is July 13th for the 5-week Summer Bridge Program. The withdrawal period is July 14th – July 31st. If you opt out starting July 14th, you risk receiving a withdrawal grade (W) on your transcript. After July 31st, you can no longer withdraw from courses.

Are vaccinations necessary for online only students?

All in-person students must be fully vaccinated by June 20th, online Summer Bridge students must be vaccinated prior to coming to campus for the fall semester.

If I will not receive second vaccine until after June 20, but before start of program, can I still register for in-person? No, June 20th is the deadline for vaccination.

Who can I contact with more questions?

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

More Summer Programs

Learn more about our other Summer Programs below: