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Summer Bridge Program

What is the Summer Bridge program?

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

The registration deadline for the Summer Bridge Program is June 1st.

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What is the 5-Week Summer Bridge Program?

The 2022 Summer Bridge program is a five-week, on-campus program that runs from July 5th to August 4th. 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 prepare our students for college success and readiness. The program will give students the advantage of becoming acclimated with the University, prior to their first semester officially beginning this fall, while earning credits that will count towards their degree.

Students enrolled in the program will:

  • Get a jump start on their degree and college experience by earning up to 7 college degree credits.
  • Participate in workshops and co-curricular programming through a series of topics including health and wellness, financial literacy, and soft skills for college students.
  • Engage with outstanding faculty, staff, and current students
  • Receive free meals – breakfast, lunch, and dinner
  • Receive free books and course materials
  • Get the opportunity to live on campus (if vaccinated). Housing and Meals are provided for free.
  • Meet and get oriented with other new Red Hawks!

Register for the Summer Bridge Program by June 1st.

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What would my schedule look like?

After signing up, students can expect to receive email communication regarding a series of action items that must be completed prior to the program start date. Students will be registered for classes carefully selected by their academic dean. Students will receive an official schedule by mid-June.

Your schedule will look similar to the tentative schedule below:

Mondays & Wednesdays

Please note that Friday, July 8 will operate as a Monday schedule

  • 8 AM – 8:50 AM Breakfast
  • 9 AM – 12:45 PM Class A
  • 12:50 – 1:50 PM Lunch, free and provided by the University
  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM Mandatory Supplemental Instruction & Tutoring/ or Recitation
  • 3:35 – 4:50PM Mandatory Montclair State University 101 Workshop/ Seminar
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM Dinner – free and provided by the University
  • 6:05 – 6:55 PM Study Hall / Group Work
  • 7:00 – 9:30 PM Activities & Events
  • 11:00 PM Curfew

Tuesdays & Thursdays

Please note that Friday, July 15 will operate as a Tuesday schedule

  • 8 AM – 8:50 AM Breakfast
  • 9 AM – 12:45 PM Class B
  • 12:50 – 1:50 PM Lunch, free and provided by the University
  • 2:00 – 3:30 PM Mandatory Supplemental Instruction & Tutoring/ or Recitation
  • 3:35 – 4:50PM Mandatory Montclair State University 101 Workshop/ Seminar
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM Dinner – free and provided by the University
  • 6:05 – 6:55 PM Study Hall / Group Work
  • 7:00 – 9:30 PM Activities & Events
  • 11:00 PM Curfew

During weeks 1 and 2, the program will have Friday classes. During weeks 3 through 5, the program runs on a Monday through Thursday schedule.

Note: Housing is provided during the week for in-person vaccinated participants. Weekend housing is available only to non-NJ resident students and those with extenuating circumstances. Please complete the housing accommodation request form no later than June 1st if you require specific accommodations.

  • Week 1 – Check in morning of Tuesday, July 5. Check out afternoon/evening of Friday, July 8.
  • Week 2 – Check in Sunday, July 10. Check out afternoon/evening of Friday, July 15.
  • Week 3 – Check in Sunday, July 17. Check out afternoon/evening of Thursday, July 21.
  • Week 4 – Check in Sunday, July 24. Check out afternoon/evening of Thursday, July 28.
  • Week 5 – Check in Sunday, July 31. Check out afternoon/evening of Thursday, August 4.
Who is eligible for this program?

The 5-Week Summer Bridge Program is for incoming, deposited freshmen students for Fall 2022. Please note: Nursing majors, Educational Opportunity Fund Scholars, Academic Launch, and Health Careers Program students are not eligible for this program.

Incoming freshmen participating in person this summer (or who will live in the residence halls) while attending one of our free summer programs must submit proof of vaccination by June 6th. Please review the student vaccination policy for full details.

If you do not meet the June 6th vaccination deadline, you cannot participate in the in-person program.

For more information, read our Student COVID-19 Vaccination Policy.

How do I sign up and register?

The deadline to sign up for the 2022 Summer Bridge Program is June 1st.

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Students should submit the Summer Bridge Program Sign Up 2022 no later than June 1st. After signing up, students will be registered for classes carefully selected by their academic dean and will receive an official schedule by mid-June. Students do not select and register themselves for classes.

Request to Drop

Please complete the 2022 Summer Bridge Program – Request to Drop form if you no longer wish to participate in the 2022 Summer Bridge Program.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can international students participate?
Yes – you can participate virtually. When you complete the sign-up form, make sure you choose “I live outside the US and will participate online” from the list of options.

Can I participate in Summer Bridge if I am an Educational Opportunity Fund, Academic Launch, Nursing 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. For Nursing students, due to the nature of the nursing program and the cohort model, the curriculum is already planned for each semester and does not include a summer session.

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

If I live on campus for the Summer Bridge program can I stay on weekends?
Weekly checkout is mandatory unless you are a non-NJ resident student or have extenuating circumstances and have made arrangements with the housing office.

Is there a dinner plan available?
Dinner is available and free of charge to all in-person participants.

Are the residence halls shared?
Students will be housed in doubles with a roommate.

What happens after I sign up?
Students receive a confirmation email after signing up for the program. Students must complete a list of action items, including submitting vaccination documents no later than June 6. Students will be registered for classes that are carefully selected by their academic dean and advisors, schedules will be available by mid-June.

When will the course offerings be announced for the Summer Bridge Program?
Students will be notified of their official schedule by mid-June. 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 required.

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. Students do not select their courses.

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

Is it possible to opt out of the 5-week Summer Bridge Program after the deadline?
The drop deadline is July 12th for the 5-week Summer Bridge Program. The withdrawal period is July 13th – July 23rd. If you opt out starting July 13th, you risk receiving a withdrawal grade (W) on your transcript. After July 23rd, you can no longer withdraw from courses.

To opt out, complete the 2022 Summer Bridge Program – Request to Drop form.

Who can I contact with more questions?
Please feel free to contact Summer Sessions by calling 973-655-4352 or emailing summerbridge@montclair.edu.